“There’s a lack of understanding about the student market,” asserts Andy Simpson (main picture), chair of the York Residential Landlords Association, whose group wants to educate Whitehall ministers pushing for periodic tenancies as part of the proposed renting reforms.

As two-thirds of its members are student landlords, York landlords believe they’ll be put at an unfair advantage if the policy gets the go-ahead.

Unlike purpose-built accommodation, the private sector wouldn’t have the same certainty and could get more void periods if students were able to give notice outside of the traditional academic renting period.

As part of the NRLA’s advisory board, the association feeds these concerns into the national body’s policy decision-making.

“We’ve got specialist knowledge of the area when it comes to collaborating with the local authority as well,” he tells LandlordZONE.

It’s currently working with NRLA lawyer David Smith to build up a case challenging the proposed plans for additional licensing in the city.

Local licensing

“We believe that the property portal being proposed in the Fairer Renting White Paper would duplicate much of what the council is trying to achieve with local licensing schemes,” says Simpson.

York Residential Landlords Association was founded in 1994 and as part of their membership, landlords get monthly presentations from experts on a range of subjects such as new regulations and inheritance tax, alternating between in-person and virtual meetings.

Although online presentations don’t have the networking element, they have enabled landlords outside York to get involved, says Simpson.


A student landlord for the last 15 years, he is one of York RLA’s recognised service providers as owner of Landlord Broadband, a company which sets up broadband for landlords and property groups in HMOs where it can be hard to get a consistent signal. Like the other affiliated service providers, he can help offer solutions to members’ problems.

Read more: Ultimate guide to student properties.

Although membership has remained static over the last decade, Simpson hopes to boost numbers from the 400-mark in the coming months.

“All the new regulations are having an impact and some landlords have started selling up but we’re proactively marketing more digitally these days and regularly post updates on Twitter and Instagram as well as through our Facebook page, York Property Group,” he adds.

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  1. The Govt doesn’t understand anything about the PRS – it takes all its advice from the likes of Shelter & GenRent.

  2. I suspect the Government understands the impact. My feeling is all these regulations are to benefit the big corporate players. The plebs pay the taxes, but the big corporates are the ones running the country. Just look at Uber who get access to the Government. They introduced REIT which are tax free invesment vehicles. Why does n’t Shelter mention those?

    Help to Buy, ws just another scam to make house builders rich. Did it reduce house prices? Instead houses prices went up. Persimmon boss took home £200million in wages.

    The regulation is n’t just in housing, but everywhere. Obstacles are being through in the way of small business people, so that only the big companies who have the resources, staff, knowlege and IT systems to deal with the regulations.

    Make no mistake this country does not care about the little guy. Even if Labour understood, but their voter base does n’t. They have their idiology where everything should be run by the local council.

  3. @Switch 2 – I agree with you.
    The handicapping of small businesses by the imposition of legislation, rules, regulations, tax breaks and other factors which only large business can deal with is pretty much a worldwide phenomenon. The way it works is that large organisations and their trade associations lobby first the government bureaucrats (in the UK it’s the abysmal WFH civil service) and then the politicians to change things purportedly for the public good but the result is to make it extremely difficult for small firms to comply. Couple that with an education system which does nothing to suggest to young people that they might have a successful life as a self-employed person and you have the framework in place for a society where most people are bound to work for large organisations for wages and can never form capital of their own – the kind of capital which enables private landlords to provide housing. I am so glad I am at an age when I can be fairly confident that I won’t live to see the complete transformation of society which current trends suggest.
    As for fighting back, I suspect it’s too late. There is no political party of any substance which will stand up for the self-employed, the small business, or the capitalist.

  4. The PTB have long wanted to put the uppity common man back in his box.

    The facility that occurred in 1997 to allow the common man to compete with the rich was an anathema for the rich.

    They didn’t want the plebs competing with them for property assets which traditionally have always been the way the rich maintain their riches.

    The rich are fighting back determined to put the plebs back in their box.

    Govts wants large corporates in charge of the PRS.

    It wants to put the little LL out of business.

    This it is succeeding in doing.

    Tenants will run the day the last little LL is forced out of business.

    It will be to the extreme detriment of tenants.

    For some reason the public at large have a very benign attitude towards corporate LL.
    However it is generally accepted that small LL are loathed and resented for being LL even though both types of LL provide usually decent accommodation services.

    The little LL has to accept that Govt wishes to eradicate you.

    Only the toughest LL will bother remaining to fight the corporates and the PTB.

    Many LL will diversify from long term letting to other types of accommodation services.

    This won’t assist tenants at all.


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