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Merger of rival landlord groups happens at last

The much delayed merger of the UK’s two landlord bodies has officially happened today.

The National Residential Landlords Association has been formed by the merger of the National Landlords Association and Residential Landlords Association.

The decision was taken last autumn with the belief it would happen by the start of this calendar year.

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Now that it is underway the new chair has been named as Jodi Berg, a former solicitor who has spent 30 years working within the management of public and public interest bodies including the Housing Corporation and the Tenant Services Authority.

Her board experience includes a non-executive directorship of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and chairmanship of public bodies including an NHS Trust, the Administrative Justice Forum and a probation service.

“I think the new NRLA has a bright future and it is great to be on board from day one” says Berg.

“As an association we now represent more than 80,000 landlords and the more we grow this number, the stronger our voice will be. We need to encourage landlords to come together and support each other and work with other areas of the sector to bring about positive change for both landlords and tenants.”

The merger was approved by RLA and NLA members in a members’ vote last year.

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