The RLA welcomed Peers, MPs, senior civil servants and property experts from across the industry to an event in Parliament to mark 20 years of the RLA.
Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire MP and Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP spoke at the celebration, with a collection of essays looking at the future of the private rented sector launched to celebrate the landmark anniversary.
Speaking at the event, the Secretary of State said: “The RLA has proved an essential voice for residential landlords, there is a shared agenda that we have”, going on to add: “The PRS will continue to be a positive choice for millions, I think you do an incredible job and I look forward to continuing to work with you.”
John Healey said he was delighted to see the cross-party support for the association. He said: “It is good to see colleagues from both houses and more than both of the main political parties, and a range of people within organisations within the housing sector. This signifies how the RLA works.”
Here we look back over the evening and those who attended.
James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, giving his speech at the RLA event, in the Churchill Room
Alan Ward, RLA chairman, with James Brokenshire MP
RLA policy director director David Smith (left) with special adviser to the Prime Minister Toby Lloyd (centre)
Alan Ward with Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, the RLA’s local MP and co-host of the event
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, with Minister for the PRS Heather Wheeler and Alan Ward
Sir Christopher Chope MP, Chair of the APPG for the PRS, who co-hosted the event and gave the opening remarks
RLA Chairman Alan Ward with Lord Young
John Healey MP – Shadow Housing Secretary – giving his speech
New RLA Chief Executive Andrew Dixon (centre) with Peter Savage, president of ARLA Propertymark (left) and Alan Ward
RLA policy manager John Stewart with Anne Frost, Deputy Director for the PRS within the Ministry of Housing
Theresa Wallace of Savills, with property expert Kate Faulkner (right)
RLA members were among those who attended the reception
RLA director Chris Town (left) and vice chair Douglas Haig
Alan shares his thoughts with the Secretary of State following his speech