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Whether you’re an “accidental” landlord renting one flat out, or a portfolio landlord with a dozen properties, you can get a lot of value from being a member of a landlord’s association such as the National Landlords Association, the Residential Landlords Association, the Scottish Landlords Association and the Southern Landlords Association. For mere pounds, they give you access to all sorts of useful services and resources. Here’s why Upad thinks every landlord should be involved.

Keeping up with the news
This year is a great case in point. With the new coalition government making changes to Housing Benefit and the like, it can be tricky to keep up with the latest developments. These groups make it easy because they always have their finger on the pulse and publish updates on their sites and send out newsletters to keep you abreast of the latest. It makes it so much easier to stay on top of the news for landlords.

Networking and support
It can be a lonely business being a landlord sometimes. Being part of a landlord group means you can converse and network with other landlords and also tap them up for their expert advice. Whether it’s face-to-face events or via an online forum, it’s always good to know that there are other people out there who can help.

Legal advice and resources
Landlord associations also have legal expertise that can be very useful in solving the problems that every landlord inevitably faces as some point. Whether that’s dealing with arrears, a tricky tenant or having to evict someone, you can access advice and even pro forma letters and notices to ensure that you stay on the right side of the law. Other benefits can also extend to special deals and offers suited to landlords. That could be insurance or tax help. It’s not difficult to justify the expense of membership with such a wealth of opportunities.

Be part of campaigning group.
With government policy changing all the time, it’s important that landlords have groups that represent them to minister and civil servants. Groups such as the NLA, RLA and SLA are frequently called upon by government for their views and ideas and put the pressure on for changes in the law to benefit private landlords. It’s a vital role.

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By Dan
17 Dec 2010

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