Media round up: 13th May 2014

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MPs conducted a vote on the role of letting agent fees has initiated lively debate throughout the private rented sector. Social media streams have been flooded with organisations agreeing with the RLA that tenants could suffer…

MPs conducted a vote on the role of letting agent fees has initiated lively debate throughout the private rented sector. Social media streams have been flooded with organisations agreeing with the RLA that tenants could suffer.

The RLA argued that “Labour’s plan will increase the cost of rents”. The plan included abolishing costs of marketing, contract preparation, and credit checking between agent and tenant could be passed onto tenants from landlords trying to recoup losses.

Apparently the RLA wasn’t the only group to think so and the debate ranges far and wide across the internet.

Insidehousing: RLA accuses Labour proposals of ‘increasing rent’ for tenants.

Comments on the InsideHousing website are always passionate and far ranging. From the simplistic to the well informed, InsideHousing carries a lot of weight when discussing the housing sector. We encourage you to read on and comment.

24dash.com: “Letting agent fee ban will increase rent costs”.

  • 24dash.com takes on news from a variety of sources and acknowledges Alan Ward’s comments on the proposals Labour have put forward that MPs have voted on.

Property Industry Eye: “Shelter said that rents will rise if fees are banned

  • Property Industry Eye tackles all manner of PRS related news and has a good working relationship with the RLA. Homeless charity Shelter are generally dismissive of RLA claims so it is a coup that they would agree with assertions that letting agent proposals could end up costing tenants.

Finally government has a press release “Fees transparency to ensure a fair deal for landlords and tenants”.

Be sure to keep track of social media where the RLA and PRS need more people to speak up!

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.


  • This is a serious question here so humour me , I would imagine now the RLA has around 20,.000 members you would assume that from the ‘landlords join us’ advert on the front page of this site that it is landlord members you are looking to gain as you did with me at around the 6000 mark .

    If letting agents are so wonderful as has been the bias in the news feeds for a long time now then why would landlords want to join an organisation for landlords when all their needs are being met by their agent? .

    You see the contradiction in terms here , and I understand the fine line you walk with regard to advertising revenue you gain from letting agents .

    I would be interested to know the proportion of members who let and manage their own property ,we know nationally it is 50% we also know that although the RLA and we would assume other national and regional landlord associations are very good and informative in themselves they have less than a 100 thousand members so are a very very small proportion of the landlord community within the PRS.

    It is important for the RLA to let landlords know who’s interests they are fighting for and not become a de facto mouth piece for a very different industries trade organisation .

    Kind regards

  • Hi Simon, thanks for your comment.

    As you rightly point out, the role of letting agents for landlords is an important one with a large portion of landlords relying on letting/managing agents to help the day-to-day aspects of the tenancy.

    The RLA’s #1 objective is to make the lives of landlords easier…we sometimes manage to push the agenda, but oftentimes we have to react and this is the situation here. We fully support proposals to make agents more responsible through ‘redress’ schemes; just search ‘redress’ in the search bar.

    So why should a landlord join the RLA, even if they use a letting agent? Well from our point of view it’s an amalgamation of everything we do. The documents & guides, training, Landlord Advice Team, and high level campaigning. The more members and numbers we have the more we are able to campaign and lobby government effectively.

    As mentioned above, our number one objective at the RLA is to ensure that the lives of landlords are as easy as possible and we give them the tools to do so. Hope that you can agree Simon.

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