Write to your MP

Overview

Writing directly to your MP as a constituent is a powerful and effective lobbying tool. Your MP has an obligation to read what you send them and reply to all reasonable requests, so letting them know what you think is worthwhile. Whether this is about a local issue or the Government's position on a national issue, it pays to make your voice heard.

We have made it easier for you to do this by suggesting some of the points relevant to the rental reform campaign that you might want to put forward. We also put together a template letter you can download here. You can edit the text as much as you wish - emails/letters are most powerful if you write to your MP about things that concern you personally as a constituent and a landlord.

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Why should I write to my MP?

As one of their constituents, an MP is more likely to read and take note of anything you send than any national information sent by the NRLA. Your MP has a duty to represent you as their constituent, and a letter from your MP will have more weight than individuals writing to the Secretary of State directly.

While we make the case for landlords at the national and ministerial level, you can help build support for landlords by writing to your MP, explaining your concerns and asking them to write to the Secretary of State on your behalf.

What should I write to my MP about?

Ultimately, you should be writing to your MP about things that concern you as a constituent and a landlord. 

Contact your MP about rental reform

The Government has released its long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper with many of its proposals set to fundamentally alter the relationship between landlord and tenant. While the NRLA welcomes some of the proposals, we are concerned about five major areas. You can read more about our response here

We have already started campaigning for change at the highest level but to make sure Government really considers our members’ views on rental reform we need your help. As part of our wider lobbying push, we are now asking you to add your voice to our campaign.  

The Government needs to support landlords and put an end to the anti-landlord rhetoric. Your story will help them understand that.

Key points that you could raise with your MP:  

▪ Call for a stop to the anti-landlord rhetoric. Ask whether they agree with the hostile language that has been directed at landlords by Michael Gove. Emphasise that such rhetoric fuels a lack of confidence among responsible landlords and will further worsen housing supply issues.  

▪ Highlight how you, as a landlord, under the prospective plans would be left powerless in tackling anti-social tenants. Ask your MP to press Ministers to go beyond the vague commitments outlined in the White Paper. Call for them to support efforts to ensure local authorities and the police have the necessary powers to act against anti-social tenants.  

▪ If you are a student landlord, draw attention to the impact the proposals would have on the student housing market. Ask your MP if they are aware of the consequences indefinite tenancies will have on both students and landlords. Ask them to support an exemption for student properties, like the one given to purpose-built student accommodation.

▪ Express your concern about the limited financial support those on benefits are receiving and explain how this affects you as a landlord. Request that your MP presses the relevant Minister to unfreeze the Local Housing Allowance. 

▪ State that the White Paper does not address the shortage of rented housing in England. Ask your MP if they will review the tax and regulatory environment to encourage landlords to stay in the market long term.  

How should I contact my MP?

The easiest way to contact your MP is via our tool for writing to your MP above. This tool will automatically find your MP and ensure that your letter complies with parliamentary protocol.

However, if you would like to write your own personal letter, or you wish to contact your MP about something else, then you can find your MPs contact details via the MP directory on the Parliament website. 

You can also ask to speak to your MP at their regular constituency surgery.

It is a parliamentary protocol that MPs respond to constituents only, so it is important to confirm you are a constituent by including your address including your postcode.

You should also ask for a response so that you can refer to it afterwards if you do not receive a reply.

How to lobby your MP?

How to lobby your MP

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Tips for writing content for your MP

Research your MP - By checking www.theyworkforyou.com/ you can find out if your MP shares your concerns. If they do, don't forget to thank the MP for previous work they have done in the area. MPs are rarely thanked by their constituents and a thank you goes a long way.

Be personal - By linking your concerns to real examples you will engage the reader and help them to sympathise with your concerns.

Focus on the local - Your MP is more likely to support landlord concerns if they understand how it impacts on their constituents. For example, if your local authority charges additional council tax on empty properties you may not be able to afford to allow your tenants to surrender their tenancy early.

Relate your concerns to your tenants - The more constituents that are helped by supporting landlords, the greater the chance the MP will be convinced of your argument.

Be succinct - Try to limit yourself to no more than two pages of A4. MPs receive numerous letters every week. By keeping it short you will stand out from the rest, increasing the chance they will process all the information you give them.

Provide solutions - A letter to your MP is not just a chance to educate them about an issue, it's a chance to propose solutions as well. If you have a sensible plan of action, laid out in a clear way, they are more likely to support it.

Ask them to write to the SoS - if your MP writes to the Secretary of State on your behalf they are obligated to provide a response. This increases the chance that your solution will be adopted.

Useful research links

One of the best ways to convince your MP is to provide them with compelling evidence that supports your concerns.

NRLA Research - for all reports and analysis produced by the NRLA's in-house research team

English Housing Survey - for general statistics on the private rented sector