NLA wins best trade association award again

by Gary Whittaker

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has been voted the rental sector's best trade association in Britain for the second year running.

It secured the 2018 Property Wire Award ahead of competition from the UK Apartment Association and the Residential Landlords Association to back up its success in 2017. 

The awards are an annual event that recognises excellence in the property sector and in this case it noted the work the NLA has been doing to promote the interests of those working in the private rental sector at a time of great change, both in Britain's population demographics and the regulatory climate.  

Receiving the award on behalf of the NLA in the ceremony at London's Eight Club Moorgate on March 23rd, chief executive Richard Lambert said: "This award is a recognition of the hard work and commitment of all the NLA staff and our representatives' network in supporting our member landlords and their business, and making their lives easier."

Last month, the NLA updated its brand with the tagline 'The Knowledge Network' to reflect its role in the sector. 

Its campaigning activities have been particularly extensive in recent months in view of the range of legislation that has either been introduced in recent years or is shortly coming into effect. 

Earlier this month, for example, the body called for the government to scrap the Article 4 provision that was introduced in December 2017 as an amendment to the Town and Country Planning Acts. Article 4 allows councils to charge a fee of £462 to anyone applying to alter a property where permitted development rights are no longer in place. 

Noting that the introduction of Article 4 was "not widely publicised", the NLA has described it as a "money grabbing exercise".

Upcoming regulations include a ban on letting out property with an Energy Performance Certificate Rating of F or G, which will take effect from the start of April. 

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27-March-18General Lettings News