The Guild of Residential Landlords is one of the landlords associations that operate nationally.
We provide the tools and help for you to self-manage your rented residential property in England or Wales.
Some 25 – 30 years ago, the association was run in the south west, including, Plymouth, Weston Super Mare, Bristol and Cardiff. Because of this, membership is still considerable in these areas.
In 2000, the name was changed and the company taken to a limited company called The Guild of Residential Landlords.
In 2005, we purchased the Guild after the original chairman retired. Our main aim when purchasing the company was to continue the personal service and advice that was previously provided and to expand the Guild much more on-line. We think we have achieved this goal although as technology moves on, it seems never ending to keep updated.
We are also private landlords in our own right, managing a reasonably sized portfolio.
Our main subscriber base is what we would term the professional landlord (i.e. renting property is their only source of income), although we equally cater for landlords with just one property.
We have assisted many subscribers with cases including residential property tribunal cases. Just one example of an important case would be Doncaster v Coventry City Council, First Tier Tribunal 032/09/00932, 5 October 2009.
In the words of one of our subscribers who is a member of the Guild and also a member of another association: “We use (the other association) for the news and you (the Guild) for legal advice.” I think this one line sums us up perfectly. That being said we’re good at getting news out in particular when there’s new legislation or important case law.
With all the information available on-line nowadays, it might be asked why should someone pay to be a member of any landlords association? In reply, many subscribers who join us have had serious problems after being misinformed on public forums or using some of the many available free documents. Our view is that there are two ways of making money to pay the bills. Firstly, you can offer the service for free. However, this involves massive amounts of time obtaining sponsors to advertise through the company perhaps on the website. It also means, any services that are outsourced (for example buildings insurance) are not normally as cheap because anybody offering free information needs to add money to these services. We prefer the second option which is to charge for the service but spend all our time assisting members with their problems and providing advice to the best of our ability and keeping the website / forms updated.
We will never offer a service that we would not personally use on our own properties.
Guild of Residential Landlords