Landlords have backed a merger between the two largest landlord organisations in England and Wales, the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
Members voted in favour of the merger at a meeting yesterday, which means that a single organisation will now be formed, delivering a stronger voice for landlords in the private rented sector.
The new organisation, the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), will have a membership of more than 80,000 landlords and manage around half a million properties, which is about 10% of the PRS. The new association will launch officially on 1st January 2020.
The two chairs, Alan Ward of the RLA and Adrian Jeakings of the 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.”