List Of The Best Landlord Associations 2024

Best Landlord Associations

Which is the best Landlord Association for you, but more importantly, do you actually need to join one?

Let’s go through the details, including my personal take on it all.

Fair warning: this will be useful, but terribly dry. Don’t blame me, I’m talking about Landlord Associations. I may as well be talking about chalk.

I’ve been toying with the idea of joining a Landlord’s Association for a while, but I’ve never actually pulled the trigger. But I’m definitely going to join one this week, it’s just a case of choosing the right one. Decisions, decisions…

While I’ve yet to make up my mind, I thought I may as well share *why* I’m even contemplating joining one, and why you may also want to join one. They’re useful for every type of landlord, whether it be new and inexperienced, seasoned, or anywhere in-between!

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What is a landlord association?

They’re essentially 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.

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 landlord associations are available to join?

I’ve spotted quite a few active landlord associations, but many are niche to certain locations around the country. Also, many of them, simply, are represented by shockingly poor websites and I really wouldn’t feel comfortable recommending them.

The following Associations are definitely the most reputable and popular nationalised options (please note, these associations support landlords in England & Wales)…

Landlord Associations
AssociationPrice fromNotes / Description
Price from
£39.00per quarter
This is the one most people have been recommending. The support (particularly in the Q&A section) seems very active.

Available Packages
  • £39 per quarter – for landlords and small agents
  • £119 per year – for landlords and small agents
  • £189 per year – for larger agents
  • Unlimited telephone help-line
  • Unlimited form downloads
  • Unlimited website questions
  • Discounted deposit protection
  • Discounted buildings insurance
  • Access to exclusive discounts
More Info
Price from
£85per year
Available Packages
  • £85 per year – Landlord membership
  • £175 per year – Corporate/Business membership (Landlord membership benefits + 4 additional users)
  • Unlimited telephone help-line
  • Unlimited form downloads
  • Discounted deposit protection
  • Access to exclusive discounts
  • Networking opportunities across the UK to connect you with fellow landlords
More Info

What are the benefits of joining a landlord 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 association’s websites from members, which will give you a gist of what they have to offer…

I joined [insert association] to enhance my credibility as a landlord. It’s also useful to meet other members and keep up-to-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 landlord association?

It’s completely up to you, there’s no legal requirement to do so.

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 one?

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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Adrian 10th September, 2009 @ 15:47

Perhaps consider the Guild of Residential Landlords?

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The Landlord 14th September, 2009 @ 09:03

Hey Adrian,
What's good about Sell it to me :)

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

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Adrian 14th September, 2009 @ 18:35


Fair comment about the about us page. I have now produced one which I hope you find useful.

Also, for a quick glance at the services we offer, have a look at our comparison table

I truly hope you will consider subscribing.

Many thanks


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Jools 17th September, 2009 @ 14:07

That reminds me - I must send off my subscription!


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?


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Jools 17th September, 2009 @ 14:51

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


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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

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

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:

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]

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.


Screen 2:

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

Many thanks for your time, patience and understanding

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


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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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Deborah Mackenzie 3rd March, 2017 @ 12:34

NLA include insurance to cover HMRC investigations- got my money's worth!

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Carol wheeldon 8th April, 2017 @ 20:28

Do you know of an assoc. in Scotland? Land Lord life is becoming impossible up there!

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Alan 1st May, 2017 @ 07:52

I joined the NLA approx 18 months ago - paid 3 years in advance to get the discount. Achieved accredited landlord status through the NLA library study docs. The NLA is the largest association and seems to provide all the information and advice you may need. They hold regular meetings around the country which are worth attending. No regrets...

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sharon 14th July, 2017 @ 16:18

joined the NLA as was having nightmare with some tenants and had to try to evict. Got conflicting advice each time I rang which meant in the end I contacted a solicitor to find out the full legal side. Luckily tenants moved out without the need for solicitor but would have preferred it if NLA had guidance available via their website. Their online forums are a bit lax and seem to be out of date too, if you pose a problem you get referred to their phone service and then conflicting advice.

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Steve Cox 1st September, 2017 @ 09:53

In response to Carol Wheeldon's message, there is a great landlords association in Scotland - Scottish Association for Landlords -

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fazzy 6th October, 2017 @ 12:04

Are there any landlord associations which also cover commercial properties? Thanks

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shazza 9th May, 2019 @ 13:54

Are there any legal requirements to be a member of any associations if you are a landlord? If so, which ones are necessary? thanks

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The Landlord 9th May, 2019 @ 20:52

Nope, no legal requirement! Well, at least for Landlords in England/Wales. Not sure about other countries.

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Frank 15th June, 2019 @ 10:11

After reading this page I decided on joining British Landlords Association. I joined and paid the first month using paypal in May and up to now I have heard nothing from them so I have sent two emails asking them to cancel my sub. If this is how they treat new customers I do not want it. I am now looking for a new one to join. I have still yet to hear a word from them. calling them fails as well. total disappointment

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The Landlord 15th June, 2019 @ 13:57

Sorry to hear about your experience with BLA. To be honest, I don't know much about them; I don't think they're one of the more popular or reputable associations (hence why they're not part of my recommendations list).

I personally think you'll be fine with any one of the three options I have listed. All very popular and have good reputations.

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Rob 12th September, 2019 @ 11:17

Hi I am in the South East of England so use Howz (formerly the Southern Landlords Association)
[email protected]
a smaller more user-friendly organisation which offers- Insurance discounts, trade discounts, excellent legal support from both expert landlords and now a dedicated legal team with specialist landlord packages and what's more you can meet real people monthly at small informal social meets.

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Richard Page 21st February, 2020 @ 10:33

The National Landlords Association NLA no longer offers a free “associate landlord” option.

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The Landlord 21st February, 2020 @ 10:42

Thanks for letting me know. I'm just in the process of updating!

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Rob 23rd March, 2020 @ 15:54

The Association of Local Landlords (Wessex) are free. They cover Bristol, Bath, South Glos & North East Somerset. Regular informative meetings (free) and discounted insurance.

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123-Landlord 2nd April, 2020 @ 12:00

Just looking at The Guild of Residential Landlord's website. There's no 'About' page. They seem friendly but it would be good to know more.

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123-Landlord 2nd April, 2020 @ 12:07

It looks like, as of yesterday, the National Landlords' Association and the Residential Landlords' Association have merged to become the National Residential Landlords' Association. They're still operating both websites though - wonder when they're going to sort that out?! Seems like a good time to have a single source of info!

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Adrian 2nd April, 2020 @ 12:24

There is an 'about us' section on the Guild of Residential Landlords website. On the homepage ( about half way down.

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Olivia 25th July, 2020 @ 21:54

Comments very useful.

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Samuel Lane 3rd September, 2020 @ 08:55

Adrian - please can you provide me with an email address to contact you by? Even if it is a generic info@ address. I cannot seem to locate one on the website.

I too agree that GRL is a brilliant platform.

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Adrian 3rd September, 2020 @ 08:59


















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