NLA/RLA Merger – Stand and fight with us

by Larry Sweeney

14:04 PM, 30th August 2019
About 3 weeks ago

NLA/RLA Merger – Stand and fight with us

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NLA/RLA Merger – Stand and fight with us

Last November the Alliance was formally launched. Around this time the NLA and RLA entered in to discussions to merge. On behalf of the Alliance, our steering committee and all our members nationwide I would like to offer our best wishes to the new NRLA .

The new merged association will still only represent less than 5% of all landlords and we represent an even smaller number. That is the reality. Those landlords who have paid dues to organisations be it ourselves or the NLA/RLA and others, deserve better. We along with our members are doing our best to fight back against the subversion of accountancy rules (s24) as well as dodgy non compliant selective licensing schemes.

Why on earth are 94% of the landlord community allowing this assault on the PRS. Despite being a new organisation the Alliance has driven the agenda for the past 12 months. We on this forum proposed a summit of all landlord bodies which culminated in the RLA (FPC) in London which meets again today.

The Alliance came about because Landlords will no longer accept being the whipping boy for the housing shortage. We save deposits, get mortgages, pay SDLT, lose tax relief, pay empty Council Tax, pay for a licence to rent our asset, and maintain the property. Yet the likes of Shelter who house absolutely nobody as well as ignorant politicians blame landlords for the plight of some tenants.

Worse Shelter want to remove our right to get rid of ASB tenants and rent defaulters and furthermore dictate to us who we should accept as tenants. Yet this very organisation time and again refuses to bond benefit tenants.

The Alliance says no. Enough is enough. Landlords, please join us (CLICK HERE) and help us to help you.

Our message to the new NRLA is as follows. We do not want to take more of your members, on the contrary we encourage all landlords to join one of our organisations now, but we must remember that landlords want an organisation with teeth. Landlords want an organisation which will fight tooth and nail against licensing schemes, which are nothing more than revenue raising scams and landlords do not want engagement with organisations such as Shelter which does nothing but undermine the PRS. Hopefully we will not see any more Shelter poetry.

In summary ,Good luck to the NRLA we hope you will stand with us and fight for the rights of all property owners and I firmly believe that a new approach by this body will gain them members. In the mean time the Alliance will continue the fightback.

In less than 12 months without selling any products, with only the revenue from membership, we have:

  • Stopped over 25 council prosecutions against landlords nationwide
  • We have exposed Shelter for the kind of set up it is
  • We oppose selective licensing and have uncovered several schemes which are non compliant
  • We have sent a delegation to a local authority who accepted our findings meaning we have protected landlords dealing with this authority
  • We have put proposals to the MoJ re possession procedures
  • We have taken part in the FPC and we oppose absolutely the abolition of S21

Our work continues apace.

The Alliance invites all landlord organisations to join us and call for Shelter to be disbanded. Imagine what a £60m cash injection could do to alleviate homelessness.

There were those who called us foolhardy to take on Shelter. The support we have on this front grows daily. Landlords write to Swinton insurance, pull your business. They sponsor Shelter. To the new Nrla we also say. Bin Shelter.

Together let’s protect property owners rights. If the new NRLA gets into the trenches with us and makes it clear that it will push back against the hate agenda, no ifs,no buts, not only will it retain members but it will grow. We want to see this as 94% of landlords are unrepresented.

It’s not a fight between us for members, what it should be is a collaboration to grow representation. Landlord apathy is the problem and it is most unfair to members of all our organisations that approx 6% of landlords pay dues to support bodies which fight for the PRS. Landlords need to get on board.

Landlords join the Alliance



Comments

Mark Alexander

21:03 PM, 30th August 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Very professional statement Larry, without a doubt your best so far.

Keep up the good work

Larry Sweeney

22:35 PM, 30th August 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much Mark and we all appreciate that the Alliance would never have got off the ground without You, Neil and P118. All of the landlord community owe p118 a huge debt of gratitude.

Chris

8:53 AM, 31st August 2019
About 2 weeks ago

What are the the advantages of National Landlord Alliance over the merged NLA/RLA please?

Mark Alexander

10:10 AM, 31st August 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris at 31/08/2019 - 08:53
They cannot be compared because they do different things.

Fiona Stacey

16:07 PM, 31st August 2019
About 2 weeks ago

This is a very well written article. So much so that I am now inspired to join and will do so. Previously I felt the tone would not be taken seriously but this sounds far more professional. I'm still not overly keen on using phrases like "Bin Shelter" and "hate agenda" but I now feel this is close enough to get me over the line in joining.
I hope that the new NRLA takes note because I think you are now doing their job for them!
Thank you for doing this work for us.

Annie Landlord

17:44 PM, 31st August 2019
About 2 weeks ago

How many members does the alliance have?

Mark Alexander

21:20 PM, 31st August 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 31/08/2019 - 17:44
Not enough!

Larry Sweeney

22:57 PM, 31st August 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Thank you Fiona. To Chris, Mark is correct but to summarise. The NRlA sell courses and by being a member one can gain discounts on certain products. They also lobby on behalf of landlords.
Where we are different is that we are not afraid to call a spade a spade. We have taken the fight to Shelter, we have attacked head on, council licensing schemes. The NRLA never did that and hopefully now will realise that to retain and gain members they need to take a far more pro active approach. Our only source of revenue is from members. We are not compromised. We do not co regulate or assist councils. We have very different methods for dealing with council attacks on landlords and we are effective. The Nrla did not study council schemes nationwide and discover a litany of flaws which we will use against these authorities. Another difference Chris is our members. They are a new breed of landlord. Landlords who are not prepared to sit back and allow our industry to be further villified. They want us to fight and email us by the dozen on a daily basis to this effect.
Hopefully that gives you a flavour of what we are about.

Rennie

16:35 PM, 2nd September 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 31/08/2019 - 21:20
The Alliance tells it like it is. The Alliance needs more members.

Join up folks - the only way is opposition and we are going to provide plenty of that!

Annie Landlord

18:14 PM, 2nd September 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 31/08/2019 - 21:20But how many? My guess would be 100 at most?

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