Britain’s two largest landlord campaigners are set to merge after 20 years of rivalry.
The National Landlords Association (NLA) and Residential Landlords Association (RLA) want members to vote to join forces to form the new National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA). The NLA was formed in 1973 and the RLA in 1998.
The new organisation will cover England and Wales, with the support of around 80,000 members who own and manage an estimated 500,000 private rented homes – around 10% of the private rented sector.
The boards of both groups have backed the merger after behind the scenes talks started early last year at the instigation of chairmen, Alan Ward of the RLA and Adrian Jenkins of the NLA. The deal will be put to members to agree within a few weeks.
The plan is to launch the NRLA on January 1, 2020.
“Rivalry can be a great stimulant – but can also sap the very strength you need to overcome your real challenges. That’s why after 20 years we believe it’s time to get together. A coming together of equals,” said a joint statement from both groups.
“One voice, one more powerful organisation speaking to government and opening up new commercial opportunities.
“Services to members will be enhanced and increased. With the synergy of like-minds, and a common cause, we will expand the ways we support you. Your membership will transfer and all existing benefits will be retained.”
The NRLA pledges to carry on campaigning on behalf of private landlords while continuing to offer training, support and discounted deals.
“Stronger together – our boards have each concluded that a larger, single association for landlords will speak louder to government, nationally, regionally and locally and make better use of subscriptions, enhance and increase our services to members with better systems and leverage our buying-power with commercial suppliers,” say the two groups.