The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has been fully launched following several months of gestation, and its new website is now live.
This means that the National Landlords Association and Residential Landlords Association no longer exist and both their former websites now redirect visitors to the new NRLA site.
The merger was announced in August last year, and brought together both associations into the one organisations including all membership and activities.
“A message on the old websites now reads: “You should have received an email with your brand new membership number,” it says. “Your login details remain unchanged so you can easily log into your account using your existing email address and password.”
The NRLA how includes some 80,000 mainly smaller landlords who between them own 500,000 properties within the private rental market.
“After more than 20 years of friendly competition the time is right to create a single organisation to represent and campaign for landlords,” a joint statement from NLA and RLA said.
“With so much of our work done in parallel there are major benefits to be gained for our landlord members.”
The NLA was founded in 1988 and the RLA in 1973 but in recent years had been pursuing almost identical roles.
After the changes were voted through by members, the chief executives of both organisations (Richard Lambert and Andrew Dixon) stepped aside and Ben Beadle was revealed as the new Chief Executive of the combined organisation.
The NRLA has also announced that leading housing lawyer and former RLA policy director David Smith has been announced as legal counsel for the National Residential Landlords Association.
David is a partner at JMW Solicitors in London, specialising in landlord and tenant and property litigation in the residential sector.
He will use his specialist legal knowledge to help the NRLA scrutinise legislation and the ways in which it will impact the PRS and private landlords and will advise the association when it comes to raising legal challenges, on seeking amendments to legislation, and on its approach to the future of the PRS.