List of Landlord Associations & Which Is The Best 2017?

I’ve been thinking about joining a Landlords Association for a while, but I’ve never actually gotten around to doing it. But I’m definitely going to join one this week, it’s just a case of choosing the right one. Decisions, decisions…

For those blissfully unaware, let me go over the basics…

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What is a Landlords Association?

They’re basically support networks for residential landlords (and letting agents).

They’re resourceful hubs where Landlords can go for help and practical advice; whether to seek advice on tenant related problems or any rights and responsibilities you may have as a landlord. That includes being kept in formed of any new or incoming landlord regulations and how you can comply (if it applies).

Landlord law is continuously changing- new regulations and legislations are being introduced regularly, particularly in the recent times, and it goes without saying that all landlords need to comply with their legal obligations, otherwise could face heavy penalties, or even worse, endanger tenants. So it’s a really good time to join an association for that added (and perhaps crucial) support.

Most of the larger associations (including the ones I have listed below) provide telephone support (which can be incredibly useful) and a whole bunch of resources, like downloadable forms e.g. tenancy agreements, all types of possession notice, rent arrears letters, inspection letters etc.

Which Landlords Association are available to join?

I’ve seen quite a few active landlord associations, but many are niche to certain parts of the country. However, from what I’m aware, the following appear to be the most popular national ones (please note, these associations support landlords in England & Wales)…


AssociationPriceDescription
£29per quarter This is the one most people have been recommending. The support (particularly in the Q&A section) seems very active.

There are different levels of memberships, including £90 per annum and £129.00 per annum for agents.

£79.95per year 12 months membership for one landlord plus one free nominated associate.
£10per month There is a free “associate landlord” option, but comes with limited support.

Paid membership start from as little as £10 per month! Landlords can save further money by joining for a longer period. For an annual subscription it’s £89.

What are the benefits of joining an association?

Generally, Landlords Associations offer the following, or variations of…

  • Advice and support on all landlord-related issues (telephone support included)
  • In-depth analysis of current Landlord issues in the UK.
  • Landlord regulations and standards are constantly changing, there’s always some new law being introduced/discussed or some court case changing the way landlord law works- joining an association is a good way of keeping up to date.
  • Analysis and explanation of complex legislation
  • Access to legal documents such as tenancy agreement templates and eviction notices
  • Discounts on commercial services
  • Meet Fellow Landlords to listen & discuss landlords issues
  • Strengthens the voice of the landlord community, which can be particularly useful when petitioning against unfair regulations, for example.

…and a whole lot more.

Here are a couple of generic quotes I found on a few of the associations website from members, which will give you a gist of what they have to offer…

I joined [insert association] to enchance my credibility as a landlord. It’s also useful to meet other members and keep up-tp-date with the latest information and legislation.

Worth joining not least for the up to date information about changes in law etc

I use the [insert association] mainly to keep up to date with legislation changes for landlords and for downloading documents like letting agreements, receipts for deposit etc

Good website and telephone advice when required.

Should I join a Landlords Association?

It’s completely up to you. The associations support all individual landlords regardless of their portfolio size. If you want to keep on top of legal issues, have access to the latest landlord news and get input from experienced and professional landlords, then it may be worth joining one.

If one day you find yourself in a landlord dilemma (e.g. tenant has fallen into arrears), you may find yourself alone, confused, and unsure of how to resolve the problem. Being a member of an association will give you that extra support you need by guiding you through the process.

Also, bear in mind, if you join one but don’t feel the benefit, you can just revoke your membership.

Have you joined an Association?

If so, which one, and why? Are they worth it? What are the differences between the associations? Are there any major differences?

Know of any other Landlords Associations?

If I’ve missed any credible Landlords Associations out, please let me know, and I’ll add to the pile. Thanks in advance, folks!

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16 Comments- Join The Conversation...

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Adrian 10th September, 2009 @ 15:47

Perhaps consider the Guild of Residential Landlords? www.all4landlords.com

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The Landlord 14th September, 2009 @ 09:03

Hey Adrian,
What's good about www.all4landlords.com? Sell it to me :)

I couldn't find an "about us" page.

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Adrian 14th September, 2009 @ 18:35

Hello

Fair comment about the about us page. I have now produced one which I hope you find useful. http://www.all4landlords.com/drupal/node/427

Also, for a quick glance at the services we offer, have a look at our comparison table http://www.all4landlords.com/drupal/node/3

I truly hope you will consider subscribing.

Many thanks

Adrian

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Jools 17th September, 2009 @ 14:07

That reminds me - I must send off my subscription!

Jools

OH Yes - Guild of Residential Landlords excellent.

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The Landlord 17th September, 2009 @ 14:36

Hey Jools,

Which Association do you use?

Cheers

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Jools 17th September, 2009 @ 14:51

The Guild of Residential Landlords - but i must rejoin (sorry Adrian)!

Jools

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Adrian 17th September, 2009 @ 15:54

That's ok Jools. We'll let you off just this once! lol :-)

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The Landlord 17th September, 2009 @ 17:52

@Jools,
I had no idea you were suscribed to the guild of residential landlords. Small world!

@Adrian,
Ahh an "about us" page, that's much better. Now I know what you're all about. I've updated the list so you're included! Many thanks.

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Manny 4th September, 2010 @ 06:35

Have you considered Westcountry Landlords Association. Website: www.wlainfo.co.uk

We're the first and only Landlords Association to offer members a 24/7 emergency helpline - talk to a human bein and not an ansaphone!

Membership fee is very low - £37 (Jan to December) but part year reductions apply....get in touch.

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David 15th March, 2011 @ 11:09

The Guild of Residential Landlords is the best Association you are ever likely to join and we found them better than ARLA.

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Pata 6th October, 2012 @ 14:47

I'm with National Landlords Association - they're great!

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David 9th June, 2014 @ 10:22

The 'Guild of Residential Landlords' website comes up with an unsecure web page notification on every link that I click within it. I cannot proceed further with it.

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Adrian Thompson 9th June, 2014 @ 11:13

Hello David

Please accept our apologies for the insecure error you are receiving. We have received reports from less than 1% of customers and guests that they too receive this error.

We have tried everything we can think of to fix but unfortunately, the symptoms only seem to appear on more older PC's with older browsers which haven't been updated in some time. If you don't fit this common theme, I would be really interested to know and perhaps you could email me direct at info[at]landlordsguild.com.

Please understand the dedicated server we use is the very latest in technology and security and what we didn't realise at the time is that some older browsers wouldn't understand this and produce an error. The problem is, for the small amount of people it affects it's not worth putting all the other users at risk with lower security.

In all cases where this has been reported to us and the customer has updated their software to the latest version, the error is no longer displayed. See the links below which shows screenshots of the SSL security certificate on my screen all green and valid.

Users security is our top priority and once again we are sorry you have experienced troubles.

Screen1: http://bit.ly/1puCSpt

Screen 2: http://bit.ly/1kSjCTe

@The Landlord ... I notice that you have all4landlords.com in the comments above. Any chance of changing it to our current name (of the last few years) - landlordsguild.com please? It's all diverted so doesn't really matter just www.landlordsguild.com goes straight there without diversion. Thanks

Many thanks for your time, patience and understanding

Adrian
Guild of Residential Landlords

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Hayley 27th November, 2015 @ 19:21

Just wondering if there had been any other associations that have popped up over the last year since these posts or whether the Guild o pf resisential landlords is still the best to join....

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Adrian 27th November, 2015 @ 20:28

Well I would say we are still the best being from the Guild I suppose!

We've changed the £9 a month option to £29 quarterly.

Also, our annual price is increasing tomorrow at some point (the page says increasing today but we forgot about Black Friday so to keep in the spirit we've left it until tomorrow).

Many thanks

Adrian
GRL

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James 30th December, 2016 @ 12:43

The best Landlords Association by miles in my opinion is the British Landlords Association.

Membership is totally free and whats more other services like letting software which ALL other associations charge for is totally free. British Landlords Association also known as "the BLA" there Landlord Advice line absolutely brilliant. unlike the RLA or the NLA the BLA Landlord advice line is not run by landlords who advice other landlords the BLA advice line is direct access to lawyers. Lawyers who deal with landlords issues each and every day. No wonder the RLA and the NLA are losing members by droves.

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