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Rental sector’s largest-ever trade body launches this month

This month sees the launch of a new trade body for the lettings sector - the National Residential Landlords Association.

It’s the offspring of the two landlord bodies which in the autumn agreed to merge - the National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association.

The new organisation - which formally comes in mid-January - 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 in England and Wales, about 10 per cent of the private rented sector. 

Ben Beadle is to be the chief executive of the new body, having formerly been director of operations at Touchstone, part of the Places for People housing group. Previously he was managing director of TDS Northern Ireland and Director of Customer Service with the TDS, the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.  

The two outgoing chairs of the RLA and NLA, Alan Ward and Adrian Jerkings - who both leave their posts this month - say 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.”

  • James B

    Let’s hope the new body fights for landlords the previous two seems to be more intent on backing tenant favoured policies and helping government bash landlords

    Ingrid Mott

    My thoughts exactly The help line is a plus but all the NLA actually did was teach us the government rules to avoid fines - and charge us for the education. Which education was mostly scaremongering tactics.

    Lets hope with its new expanded force, RNLA will actually stop trying to force conformity to the imbalanced tenant pleasing vote seeking Houses of Parliament.

    Otherwise - all of my lets will have LIVE IN landlords to facilitate any necessary evictions rapidly and without contest - legally .

  • jeremy clarke

    Perhaps this organisation should welcome agents and fight to restore the PRS to what it was before Gov broke it and penalised agents for making a living?

    Mark Wilson

    don't hold you breath, things don't and wont change back.

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Its Not a new organisation, its a Take-over by the RLA, window-dressed to what your reading above.


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