About the Guild of Residential Landlords GRL
The Guild of Residential Landlords is a landlords’ association.
The Guild of Residential Landlords was set up about 30 years ago.
The association initially operated in the southwest, places like Plymouth, Weston Super Mare, Bristol, and Cardiff. Because of this, membership is still considerable in these areas.
In 2000 the association took on limited company status and called itself The Guild of Residential Landlords.
The Guild of Residential Landlords directors have a wealth of experience in the letting industry as they are landlords too.
The association is more targeted towards professional residential landlords. However, they also cater for small landlords, including accidental landlords.
Like all other associations (Save for the BLA), GRL only deals with residential landlords.
The GRL’s says its strength is to give professional advice to its members. However, it provides a host of other services which a landlord would require.
What is the difference between the Landlords association and the Guild of Residential Landlords?
The word Guild can be confusing. The GRL is a landlord’s association, like others, that offer a fee-based membership for the residential landlord.
The GRL does not have the same extensive list of services as the British Landlords Association (The BLA) or the National residential landlord’s association, the NRLA.
How does the Guild of Residential Landlords work?
The Guild of Residential Landlords membership charges £90 to £129 per year for membership.
The association offers its members a list of services, including tenancy agreement creation, eviction notices and guides that residential landlords may require.
The fee charged is well worth it for the service the Guild of Residential Landlords offers its members.
Why join the Guild of Residential Landlords?
They offer a support network for the private and corporate landlord, including letting agents. Its function is to provide support, educate in managing the rental portfolio. To raise standards and representation for the private sector landlords. It actively fights for the rights of members, usually by lobbying the Government.
They hold monthly meetings, including the board of directors, board members, and annual general meetings where members can attend and discuss any relevant issue of concern.
They provide various resources like documents, advice, online and courses. This keeps their members up to date with the relevant legislation to adopt best practices when managing a rental portfolio.
In the last 3 years, the Government has introduced new housing law and new tax rules for real estate.
They also play a critical role in making their members aware of new or any pending legislation. The Tenant Deposit scheme is a typical example. Many get caught out where they were not aware of the deposit legislation.
It’s a great place to meet other fellow landlords that are GRL members. Free landlord helpline as part of your membership. The GRL also offers to letting agent’s membership too.
The 2 national organisations the NRLA and the BLA have landlords forums which are a good source of information.
How to join the Guild of Residential Landlords?
The process to join the GRL is straightforward. The fastest and most efficient way is to visit the GRL website and sign up online. If you do not have access to a computer, you can ring the GRL and ask them about the membership joining process by post.
Do the Guild of Residential Landlords Training?
The Guild of Residential Landlords works with Training for Professionals to provide online landlord & letting agent training courses.
The training courses cover diverse topics that a landlord or letting agent would require. You also obtain a certificate after successfully completing the course.
The GRL works with TFP to provide the courses via their website. The courses are through webinars, and in-house training may resume depending on COVID-19.
Dr William Masih a director of the British Landlords Association said courses are very useful and we encourage all landlords & letting agents do the relevant courses especially the landlord foundation course.
Should you need legal advice (members only) you can contact the BLA landlord helpline on 01293 855700. Alternatively, you can contact Landlord Advice UK.
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