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  • In the Spotlight

    RLA 20th anniversary Parliamentary event



    Property Tribes was delighted to be asked to attend a private reception at the House of Commons last night to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Residential Landlords Association.


    Arriving at Parliament with property commentator, Kate Faulkner.

    The event also launched a collection of essays looking at the future of the private rented sector and was attended by the Secretary of State for Housing.

    The essays have been provided by organisations such as Shelter, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Institute for Public Policy Research and Crisis representing tenants, landlords, enforcing bodies and think tanks. They look ahead to where they feel the sector should be heading in the next 20 years.

    Speaking at the event was the Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire MP and the Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP.

    All the essays recognise the importance of a thriving private rental market that works for both tenants and landlords, with calls made for reforms to improve the ability to secure swift and effective justice in the minority of cases where things go wrong between the landlord and tenant.


    RLA Chairman Alan Ward.

    Alan Ward, Chair of the RLA said:

    “The RLA’s 20th anniversary provides an opportunity to take stock of where the private rented sector now is, and where we all want it to go.

    “All the contributors recognise the importance of the sector in providing homes to many millions of people. As we go forward we need to ensure the sector works for tenants and good landlords alike, whilst rooting out the criminals who have no place in a modern rental market.”

    The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, said:

    “I want to congratulate the Residential Landlord’s Association on 20 years of hard work helping make the private rented sector better for everyone.

    “This is a vision shared by government and is why we have taken action to raise standards in the sector and protect tenants from substandard accommodation and unfair charges.

    “There is much more still to be done to ensure everyone has a decent and safe home and I look forward to continuing our work alongside the RLA in the months and years to come.”

    Mr Brokenshire also said that the PRS was a "positive choice for millions of people" and that "the PRS will play a central role going forwards".

    Labour MP, Karen Buck, a Vice Chair of the All Party Group for the Private Rented Sector commented:

    “My work on housing has brought me into increasing contact with the Residential Landlords Association. I have found them to be constructive, engaged, highly professional and a source of excellent information."

    It was a really positive event, and we recorded a few thoughts in this video afterwards:

    Happy birthday to the RLA and Property Tribes wishes the RLA all the very best for the next 20!

    If you want to join the RLA and support their important work as being a voice for landlords, then you can take advantage of our 25% discount off joining.

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    Very encouraging report Vanessa. Thanks for news of the evening. Congrats to the RLA on its 20th anniversary.

    It sounds as if the MPs have comprehensive briefings on our sector. Let's hope they stop introducing new laws and concentrate on enforcing and streamlining existing processes to help LLs provide accommodation for tenants

    We live in hope.....

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    Let's hope they stop introducing new laws and concentrate on enforcing and streamlining existing processes

    Funny you should they that Denise!  We will have some breaking news on that shortly. 

    Thank you for your kind words of support.  We recorded that video at 11.00pm in the rain and I was so tired I could hardly think straight, but we wanted to mark this auspicious occasion and particularly acknowledge the work of RLA Chairman Alan Ward who has worked tirelessly for landlords for 20 years.  He truly deserves the recognition he received last night and James Brokenshire stated that "the RLA had demonstrated its value on many occasions".

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    Very well done

    let’s see what budgets bring us in the years to come

    if we are to exist, it will be via company formations

    i still firmly belive we will have futher taxation (part b S 24) in coming budgets

    regulation will increase with some sort of rent caps

    the govt want us to borrow less so I think more barriers will come

    I just don’t trust govts.

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    With such an important event I am suprised there has not been more comments

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    It is a head-scratcher!  I thought this topic would gain a huge amount of interest to hear straight from the Housing Minister's mouth.  Maybe people have lost faith in Government?!

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    I think lots of us have lost faith in the sector because of the government

    I know one thing the landlords who stay will be the best ones - who treat it as a business, and not as an extra pension

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    Congrats to all involved especially V&N for taking time out to promote our profile and concerns

    And thanks to Alan Ward for creating a  recognised solid structure for Landlords to bind onto

    The likes of PT and RLA take time to grow, mature and influence policy .

    This was and is happening more and more

    Its takes many many  thankless unpaid hours of hard work behind the scenes to nurture these visions

    It was a  big night - Hopefully a pivotal moment as well

    Nights like this cannot be underestimated -

    They are mini milestones in the walk of life for landlords

    They  look back to say well done and also look forward with renewed energy

    They consolidate organisations and movements - Things slowly change as a result

    As they say - 80% of success is turning up - And V&N turned up on our behalf - Thank you

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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com

    I was thinking about you as I had not seen you blogging

    We are on hols in south of France moving to Italy today - I know I am getting bored starting to read landlords stuff again x

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    The event is a recognition of the importance of the PRS and I hope that it will lead to the different organisations working to a common goal that benefits landlords and tenants rather than the current combative stance we frequently see.

    I am not surprised at the lack of comments so far and expect them to increase as the essays are read and commented on.


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