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    I have been a landlord for 13 years and have 8 properties in my portfolio. I have decided that it is time to take out membership of a landlord’s association. My properties are all in Wales and I have a mix of tenants. Does anyone have experience of any association and could suggest issues I should consider when choosing one over another. I don’t have any current issues, have never taken a tenant to court (but have issued Section 21 and Section 8) and hopefully things are running pretty smoothly. I am a registered landlord and don’t use an agency. Thank you for any food for thought you can provide.

    #2
    Forum rules preclude negative comments
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      I've used RLA for several years, found them to be very good, used the helpline a couple of times and use the documents on a regular basis, and also the Deposit Guard.

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        #4
        Thank you for feedback.

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          #5
          I'm also a member of the RLA. Apart from bombarding me with mail I can't seem to be able to stop the document service, fast and accurate credit check service is very useful and I use the forum.



          Freedom at the point of zero............

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            #6
            What’s your reason for wanting to join now?

            I’ve done the opposite to you. I’ve been a member of the NLA for 2 years but have this time decided let my membership lapse as I’ve never used them for anything so it’s a waste of money for me.

            If I needed specialist help then I would rejoin as and when.

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              #7
              I cannot comment on how good the advice given by the LTA is as you only get to read the website if you join. However, ten years ago (was it really that long ago?) someone set me a copy of their AST to comment on. I sent them two and a half pages of observations. It did not give the impression that it had been drafted by someone with a firm grasp of the relevant law or of drafting principles. It just did not hang together satisfactorily and come over as a professional job. That was though ten years ago. Perhaps their current precedent is much better. If it is not, it does not follow that any advice they give is unsound, but it does not inspire confidence.

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                #8
                With the intention that all landlords will have to join a redress scheme (like agents) I'd wait and see what is on offer.
                I can't imagine the two main schemes not offering some kind of redress membership.
                When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                  #9
                  I understand from other recent members of the RLA that a lot of NLA members are defecting as apparently things are even worse over there. Can't comment myself.

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                    #10
                    The responses have been really helpful. Apart from the two main ones, I wondered if anyone had experience of a smaller organisation like the Landlord’s Guild, etc. As for why I am considering joining one, I don’t want to use an agent as I feel I would be paying for something I seem to manage fine on my own (with the help of Landlordzone!). I think I just had a moment of feeling vulnerable to be honest! There are so many landlords deciding this isn’t for them any longer where I live and have my properties. I intend to keep going but had a moment of doubt I guess.

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                      #11
                      What is the LTA Lawcruncher?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Phyllis View Post
                        What is the LTA Lawcruncher?
                        Should have been RLA.

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                          #13
                          On checking I find I have a copy of a more recent RLA form of AST marked "Copyright 2016". I ran through it and overall I would class it as "not entirely satisfactory".

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                            #14
                            Lawcruncher,

                            What about a recent NLA one? Any comments?

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                              #15
                              Not sure if I have ever seen one of those.

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