I know you don’t visit the NLA blog to read about politics, but the events of this week have repeatedly made me consider the contemporary credibility of two fairly well known quotes by two different but nevertheless well-known twentieth century leaders. Neither of whom are regularly quoted in respect of the private-rented sector – but perhaps should be.
Those who frequent a variety of the blogs and forums discussing the PRS and have observed the speculation concerning the recent ‘Superstrike’ judgment will probably recognise why the first of these quotes seemed pertinent:
“I read a number of press reports and find comfort in the fact that they are nearly always conflicting”
Consequently, the NLA has spent a great deal of the last few weeks working with a number of equally committed representative bodies. We have opted to do this in order to reach a consensus on interpretation of this appeal judgment and it’s likely implications in order to avoid the kind of unhelpful confusion which could otherwise occur.
I am glad to say that a briefing agreed by the NLA, UKALA, BPF, NALS, RLA, ARLA and RICS can now be downloaded here: DOWNLOAD
It is not every day that all of these organisations agrees to co-operate in this way, but it is testament to the desire to provide good quality, useful and consistent information to those living and working in the sector that we have all managed to come together.
Of course, as useful as information is, this is not the end of the need for co-operation on this issue. Having met jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government, it is clear that we need to present a strong unified case for action in order to convince the Government that it needs to amend the legislation which has created this uncertainty.
To this end, the organisations above have also agreed to jointly survey their members to find out how many landlords and agents are likely to be effected – and to what extent. Hence my second memorable quote of the day:
“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit”
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Finally, for those of you who are interested in finding out which two famous former world leaders were responsible for the quotes above – answers on a postcard (or better yet in the comments field below).