Members of the industry’s two major landlord bodies have backed a merger which will now take place on January 1.
Members of the National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association have formally voted for the two organisations to unite to form the National Residential Landlords Association.
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 in England and Wales, about 10 per cent of the private rented sector.
The merger comes after an increasing convergence in the two bodies’ activities, both in terms of legal assistance for landlord members and political lobbying in the face of attacks on the private rental sector.
The two chairs, Alan Ward and Adrian Jeakings, 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. We will be seeking candidates internally and externally and we would welcome expressions of interest from members for these posts.”