An official launch this month confirms the amalgamation of the Residential Landlords’ Association and the National Landlords’ Association to form the National Residential Landlords’ Association (NRLA), wrote Landlord Today on the 2nd of January.
We reported the proposed merger, following a ballot approved by the member organisations, in a posting dated the 1st of October 2019.
The new mouthpiece for landlords throughout England and Wales will have a combined membership of more than 80,000. This makes it the largest ever such organisation – representing some 500,000 let properties (10% of the total private rented sector) – and ends two decades of friendly rivalry between the constituent pressure groups.
“Landlords Stronger Together” is the strapline adopted by the united organisations, which look forward sharing their resources in a joint mission to increase the support offered to landlords in running their businesses and to encouraging the provision of improved standards of accommodation for tenants.
The NRLA will now also be able to speak with one, louder and stronger voice when making its representations to government at both the national and local level.
The regional structure of the respective organisations will be maintained while the amalgamation means that the two will be working in unison rather than, as previously, in parallel.
The new chief executive of the NRLA is Ben Beadle, who previously worked for Touchstone, part of the property management, development, regeneration and leisure company Places for People. Before that, he was managing director of TDS Northern Ireland, the province’s leading non-profit, authorised tenancy deposit protection scheme.