The National Landlords Association (NLA) and the National Federation of Residential Landlords (NFRL), who together represent nearly 20,000 landlords, have announced they are to merge creating the largest representative body for landlords in the United Kingdom.
NLA – 8 July 2008
Research among the membership of both organisations has indicated the need for a national unified voice for private-residential landlords. Following several months of negotiations between the governing bodies of the NFRL and NLA, this merger rightly reflects landlords’ desires that their views are represented with one voice to policy-makers.
The larger NLA, combining the strengths of both organisations, will better represent the needs of all landlords at a time when the private-rented sector faces major challenges. The merger will mean a wider range of products and services being made available to members as well as a significant development of local landlord networks.
David Salusbury, Chairman, NLA, in welcoming the merger, said:
“The aims and objectives of the NFRL and NLA are very similar. It is these synergies which make the merger an obvious next step for both organisations.
“The newly enlarged NLA, with almost 20,000 paid-up landlord members, is now the pre-eminent voice for the private-rented sector and this will mean increased commercial benefits to our members but also a greater ability to influence policy at all levels. At a time of doom-mongering headlines about the housing market, this merger is good news for the entire private-rented sector.”
Barry Markham, Chairman, NFRL, commenting on the newly enlarged NLA, said:
“All landlords deserve to have their opinions and views represented clearly. Although the current economic climate provides commercial opportunities for the professional landlord, it remains critical that the NLA continues to lobby Government and highlight the important role that landlords play in providing decent and affordable rental accommodation.
“The NFRL has worked tirelessly to develop an extensive branch network covering the whole country. This enables landlords to feel part of something useful at a local and applied level. With both organisations coming together under the NLA banner, landlords have a representative body that listens and responds and will strive to safeguard their legitimate business interests.”
Current members of the NFRL will automatically become members of the NLA. The five existing directors at the NLA will remain in place but will be augmented by two former NFRL directors. One of the new NLA directors, Barry Markham (former NFRL Chairman), will become a Vice Chairman of the NLA. – Questions?