The NLA exists to support private landlords, we do this in a lot of practical ways including giving advice, lobbying policy makers, providing insurance, training, discounted services and providing opportunities for networking; to name just a few.
Irrespective of the activity or the service; at the core of everything we do is the need to ensure that we understand and reflect the experiences and needs of private residential landlords.
As you would expect many of the NLA’s staff are private landlords themselves, and we all spend a lot of our working life talking with, advising and listening to landlords who use the NLA and its services. Nonetheless there are times when we need to demonstrate that what we are doing, or saying, is truly representative of landlords in the real world.
This is why we conduct regular surveys; specifically the NLA’s very well regarded quarterly landlord survey which is just about to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
For instance, this week the NLA’s CEO Richard Lambert met with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Ellison MP, to discuss the (devastating) effect that Treasury policy is having on landlords’ businesses.
He was able to relate the NLA’s arguments back, not just to anecdote or conjecture, but to statistically significant, empirical evidence drawn from analysis of members’ survey responses.
Next week members of the NLA, and other subscribed landlords, will receive an invitation to take part in our final policy survey of 2016. It will cover quite a lot of ground and take about 10 minutes to complete, which we realise is quite a long-time to give up for free especially given that it’s not always a lot of fun trying to remember facts and figures about your portfolio.
So we thought it would be a good idea to share a little more of what we learn from each survey with landlords, just to reinforce how important their contributions are to us!
The statistics below are drawn from our most recent, quarter three, landlord survey and highlight just a few of the areas in which we use real life landlords’ survey responses to support our work.
It’s paints a picture of the ‘typical landlord’ (if such a thing exists). How typical are you?