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I have referred to this in a previous post, I think a year or so ago, but my disillusionment with the NLA has worsened since then.I find it increasingly bureaucratic with an inaccessible management structure that communicates less and less with the 'real' membership. The bulletins and the magazine consist mainly of jargon these days and there is an attempt to be politically correct or 'woke' that is unhelpful and essentially meaningless.
Have other NLA members on this forum noticed these trends within the organisation?Also, is the RLA more representative of landlords like me who want to run their business in a humane and practical way but are not interested in 'woke' jargon and management-speak?
I’ve never used the NLA, but have been a member of the RLA for several years, for the membership cost for me it represents reasonable value, i like the on line forms and advisory info. I can tie my Tenancy agreements with deposit scheme and guarantor etc all from same source which is convenient.
The advice line is handy and on the few occasions i ‘ve used it response time was good, if you leave a message i’ve always had a response in a reasonable time, John Stewart has been a good contact re selective licensing.
My only reservation is that they seem to be intent of pursuing a business model in becoming an official triaining provider for legislation that they seem generally willing to see grow ever greater, rather than outright protection of their members position.
I prefer the RLA to be honest, not so sure about the "woke" and "management-speak" can't say I have noticed it.I've been to a few meetings with them and they seem rather grounded people.
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Both NLA and RLA have good membership benefits such as advice line and courses, the fees are worth it from that point of view and let's face it they're not a lot of money to join, I'd recommend joining both.
In terms of representing landlords (lobbying) I find them totally, horrifically useless.
I think in all honesty they should merge, simplify, then focus on influencing public opinion to get the point across that landlords aren't the enemy.
Totally agree with your points John, although sometimes you need 2x companies so that there isn't a monopoly.
Unfortunately I feel even as one company the Govt. still wouldn't give them time of day.
GR can go and camp out on Waterloo Bridge if they chose to do so, along with Shelter, but I can't imagine the NLA/RLA or their members ever doing that.
Unfortunately in this day and age, those that shout loudest and most often by social media are the ones that are listened to, even if their message is as factually incorrect.
I just did a search for NLA twitter and the first hit was for newlondonarchitecture.org with 8936 tweets.Underneath was the NLA we know and love with 10,200 tweets. A lot of them 'go on this course' type of tweets.
I haven't looked at the RLA twitter feed.
Unfortunately we are a bunch of cats that the NLA and RLA are trying to herd but basically the majority (those that aren't even a member of the NLA or RLA) don't seem too bothered about the changes that are happening and will continue to happen.
All good points.
I think this may be a rare instance where a monopoly wouldn't be a bad thing as we could do with one unified voice.
Slowly working towards financial freedom
I know one thing - all Landlord Associations need to become more political
All Landlords should join one and I think It might me helpful if they had a political affiliation to one party
In my opinion there is only one party ??
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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It's vital and we have to become more political
Farage Party is new and looking for support. I think Landlords should support them !
What other choice do we have ?
Conservatives have stabbed us in the back and smiled
Labour would see the end of us
God knows what the rest would do
We could see some major changes and we should be in there helping. If we sit it out, we become a whipping boy for every wrong in the UK housing market
Just look at history to see what politicians think of us.
I am voting for Farage, previously ive always voted tory, but after what they've done I now detest the tory party.