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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA)


The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is a subscription-based campaigning organisation providing a range of documents, guides, services and professional advice to landlords and letting agents in England and Wales.

In recent times the RLA has grown in significance and importance. In addition to providing valuable services to members, it has a voice at local and national government levels.

The RLA’s key functions are:

  • Campaigning for fair, reasonable legislation
  • Providing business support
  • Helping landlords and letting agents to be legally compliant

The RLA is well known for its successful local and central government campaigns. Some current issues include:-

  • The return of LHA (previously ‘Housing Benefit’) payments direct to landlords
  • A reversal in the legislation requiring planning permission if there are to be 3 or more unrelated tenants in a property
  • A fairer system for handling deposit disputes
  • Landlord self regulation through Accreditation Schemes
  • The exemption of accredited landlords from HMO licensing.
  • Opposing any changes to using a Section 21 to gain repossession of a property

Another of the Residential Landlords Association’s key functions is providing business support for members – through a range of products, services and advice. These include:


  • The RLA website - containing more than 30,000 pages of comprehensive and essential information.
  • Help Desk - a team of professional qualified staff provide free unlimited and impartial advice, via telephone and email, to help resolve tenancy problems.
  • Landlord documentation – an award-winning Plain English tenancy agreement, possession notices, good letting tips, and more, are all available in the members’ area of the RLA website.
  • Credit Checks - checking potential tenants’ financial worthiness, CCJ’s, credit history, electoral role and credit risk.
  • News - regular magazines and e-mail newsletters contain all the latest industry news.
  • Training – there are classroom and on-line training courses on a wide range of business, health and safety subjects.

All the support that RLA members need to operate a successful, compliant business – for just £75 per year.

The private rented sector is one of the most highly-regulated commercial business areas and the RLA effectively focuses on providing its members with up to date information to ensure they are legally compliant.

The Government legislates - the RLA works with Councils to provide the education and support services that are essential for landlords to protect and develop their interests whilst providing safe, decent, affordable homes for a wide cross section of tenants.

For more information about the RLA please visit now or call 0845 666 5000

Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA collects the Award award for the best campaigning organisation at the Landlord and Letting awards.


The Residential Landlords Association is the leading voice for landlords in England & Wales.

Whilst the RLA name was established in 1998, our roots and experience go back decades and in fact, the Residential Landlords Association was the 1st national landlord association in the UK.

Owned and trusted by our members, we represent over 9000+ landlords throughout England & Wales, which means a combined portfolio in excess of 150,000 properties. Our strength, reputation, experience and professionalism means that your voice is heard as a member of the most effective campaigning organisation.


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