Our Contributors

Bill Irvine

Bill Irvine

Bill has quickly become known as a very effective Welfare Rights Advocate. He has been involved in most of the major social security changes since the early 80’s when Housing Benefit was first introduced. As well as offering advice and assistance to landlords, primarily in the RSL/PRS sectors, he also provides representation when disputes can’t be resolved through negotiation and where they have to be progressed through the formal tribunal process, initially to First Tier and, if necessary, through to Upper Tier level where some of his cases have proved to be of national importance to disadvantaged groups.

Carl Bayley

Carl Bayley

Carl Bayley is an RLA trainer and the author of several plain English tax guides designed specifically for the layman. He is an expert at translating 'tax' into English. Carl speaks regularly to landlord groups on how to save tax and is renowned for his informative, easy to understand and entertaining style.

Doug Hall

Doug Hall

Doug Hall is a director of 3mc; a specialist mortgage provider within the buy-to-let sector. 3mc have been established for over 15 years working with lenders, mortgage intermediaries and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) providing all types of buy-to-let mortgage solutions.

Gary Oakford

Gary Oakford

Gary Oakford is a serving Group Manager for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, he has been employed by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority since 1992 holding a number of Operational and Managerial roles. He is currently the Prevention Lead Officer and his key responsibilities are to provide leadership, support and guidance for all Prevention staff. He plans, develops and monitor a wide range of prevention and protection strategies to reduce the levels of risk from fire and other emergency incidents across Merseyside. He is also required to attend and provide strategic advice at fire service operational incidents and multi-agency exercises and take command where appropriate. He is the national operational lead for Carbon Monoxide on behalf of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) reporting to the National Home Safety Committee and represents CFOA at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Carbon Monoxide.

India Cocking

India Cocking

India is the Local Government Officer for the RLA. Fresh out of completing her degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, India is currently working on updating and maintaining the Local Authority Network. This is of importance as it strengthens communication and understanding between landlords, local authorities and the RLA. India is working towards gathering concise and clear data from all 435 local authorities on their licencing and fees, monitoring and notifying those who are charging landlords unlawfully.

Before joining the RLA India worked at Martin and Co Lettings Agent in her home town of Derby, the Welsh Assembly where she researched the Welsh Governments failure to deliver on their election promises, and her local MP, alongside helping her parents run the family buy-to-let business.

James Gray

James Gray

Kate Faulkner

Kate Faulkner

Kate Faulkner is one of the UK’s leading property experts. Through her free website, Propertychecklists.co.uk, she provides consumers with independent advice on how to buy, sell, rent, invest, renovate, maintain or build a property. She has written six property books and, each month, summarises what’s happening to property prices and rents.

A respected commentator, presents at industry conferences and makes frequent media appearances, including on BBC Breakfast News, Your Money, GMTV, ITV, Radio 4 and 5 Live. She also co-hosts the weekly Property Hour with Clive Bull on LBC Radio. For more information, visit Katefaulkner.co.uk

Lee Sharpe

Lee Sharpe

Lee Sharpe is a Chartered Tax Adviser with nearly 20 years’ experience of advising property investors and family businesses on tax matters.

Lord Flight

Lord Flight

Lord Flight, of Worcester is a Conservative Peer and served as Member of Parliament for Arundel and South Down. He was Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury between 2002 and 2004.

Michael Wright

Michael Wright

Michael Wright is Director of RITA4Rent Limited, specialists in property tax. With clients ranging from 1 property starters, to large portfolio landlords, Michael and his team are dedicated to working with landlords to order their taxes in the most efficient manner. As well as being partners of Residential Landlords Association and the Property Tribes, Michael and RITA4Rent have also been featured in numerous media outlets and contributed to several articles, such as in the Guardian, the Evening Standard, the Daily Mail, Letting Agent Today, MoneyWise, Accountancy Age, Simply Business, Northwood, Endsleigh Insurance and Aldermore Bank.

Paul Shamplina

Paul Shamplina

Involved in the legal system since 1987 - specialising in landlord/tenant disputes. As a certified bailiff he acted for landlords across the country. He is the recognised expert and is often featured on TV, Radio and in the press. Paul hates to see injustice and he campaigns for the good of all landlords. He is on your side. Or he’s just infront - making sure you’re protected.

Richard Abbots

Richard Abbots

Richard Abbots has a BA (hons) in Business Management from Oxford Brookes University and holds a Diploma with the Institute of Leadership and Management. He is a qualified member of the Association of Professional Inventory Providers and also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Masters accreditations from the University of Worcester. Richard has a background in risk management and is the founder of cloud-based property reporting software Inventory Hive. Richard has thoroughly researched the ‘Right to Rent’ legislation and the cross overs it has in different areas of law. Due to his extensive knowledge in this area and that of property inventory processes, he has featured as a regular speaker at RLA workshops throughout the UK in 2016.

Tom Say

Tom Say

Senior Campaigns Officer at Crisis