NRLA merger vote passed

NRLA merger vote passed

9:03 AM, 18th September 2019, About 3 years ago 13

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Following meetings held today, members of the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have voted for the two organisations to unite to form the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA).

The new organisation will have a membership of more than 80,000 landlords making it by far the largest organisation in the sector. Its members will own and manage half a million properties, about 10% of the private rented sector. It will officially launch on 1st January 2020.

The two Chairs, Alan Ward (RLA) and Adrian Jeakings (NLA), have said in a joint statement:

“We are delighted that landlords have backed plans for a new, stronger body to represent them and their interests.

“The new organisation will have a more powerful voice to support landlords, provide services to them and to lobby government.

“Both organisations will now move forward together to appoint a new Chair and Directors for the NRLA. We will be seeking candidates internally and externally and we would welcome expressions of interest from members for these posts.”


by terry sullivan

9:53 AM, 18th September 2019, About 3 years ago

both have been very ineffective

by Luke P

9:56 AM, 18th September 2019, About 3 years ago

If I were a member, I would absolutely insist on every Director/Manager being a LL themselves. I really hope it doesn't, but I expect it will become very political and the management will be muscled in on by those with political aims/affiliation.

by Tony Hodge

18:52 PM, 18th September 2019, About 3 years ago

So what was the result of the vote for and against?

by AJR

20:41 PM, 18th September 2019, About 3 years ago

I note that the NRLA are now advertising for Directors.
I would be over the moon if Rosalind Beck put her name forward. I have been a follower of Rosalind on this site and others and I am sure she would be an asset and excellent leader. We need courageous, capable and thinking people in this new organisation. (Not that I would want Rosalind to leave our National Landlords Alliance, I am sure she could manage both! )

by Mark Alexander

7:46 AM, 19th September 2019, About 3 years ago

I suggested Paul Shamplina to step up the the challenge and apply for the CEO role. He didn’t see himself in that position but with some more encouragement perhaps ...?

I think another great candidate would be Ian Narbeth, but I haven’t spoken to him yet.

by Mark Alexander

7:51 AM, 19th September 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 19/09/2019 - 07:46
PS - I just want the new CEO to know what real life as a landlord is really all about and isn’t just a nodding dog in a suit. He or she needs to have a passion to fight for the rights of landlords and to be able to dismiss the claptrap of opposing organisations such as Generation Rent easily in debates.

by Appalled Landlord

8:24 AM, 19th September 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 19/09/2019 - 07:51
Instead of reproducing Generation Rent propaganda on its website.

by Mark Alexander

8:25 AM, 19th September 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Appalled Landlord at 19/09/2019 - 08:24
Indeed, they need to refute it, not repeat it!

by Dr Rosalind Beck

12:14 PM, 19th September 2019, About 3 years ago

Earlier on today, I gave my opinion on the piece on the RLA website by the Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Shipley. For some reason it hasn't appeared/has been deleted. I wonder if the RLA is only happy to leave comments which are uncritical. My comment for the record was:

'Why is the RLA posting an article which argues for the abolition of Section 21 and also a vague 'first right to buy' policy? The abolition of Section 21 is going to be catastrophic and is a severe attack on landlords having control over their own private property and what they do with it. It is the thin end of the wedge. And what would the 'first right to buy' mean? Tenants are already free to put in an offer to buy any house they want. They have this right. Would the Lib Dem version be like the Labour one - that the landlord has to sell the house at a discount? This is an outrageous attack on private property rights. I really don't think that the RLA should be posting the arguments from the 'other side', however nicely and politely they're dressed up.'

by Appalled Landlord

13:09 PM, 19th September 2019, About 3 years ago

The RLA also gave Lord Shipley a platform before the 2017 general election, in which the LibDems won 12 seats.

His piece included the following paragraph:

“Professionalising the private rented sector is long overdue. Whilst the majority of landlords provide a good service to their tenants, a lack of regulation means that a small minority take advantage of those who are powerless to object to poor conditions or rip-off rents. The fear of eviction for raising complaints can trump everything, especially if the high upfront costs of moving home are a barrier and threaten homelessness. Tenants also worry landlords will use any excuse to evict them in order to get higher rents.”

This muddled thinking was published without comment from the RLA.

Firstly, it is not lack of regulation that is the problem, it is lack of enforcement.

Secondly, the fear of revenge evictions is not widespread as he suggests, and they are illegal.

Thirdly, landlords do not use excuses to evict tenants. They either have to prove in court a breach of the tenancy agreement or give no reason using Section 21. But there is always a good reason. Landlords do not evict good tenants, it would be against the landlords’ interest.

Lord Shipley was the LibDem spokesman for Housing and Planning from October 2017 until last month. He had a very good grasp of Generation Rent’s brief.

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