Write to your MP

Introduction

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 can be worthwhile. Whether this be 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 this campaign that you might want to put forward. You can edit what you choose to send however and don't need to put forward what we suggest.

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The write to your MP tool is available once you have registered on the NRLA site. This tool helps you find your MP and advises you on what you should put in a letter to your MP.

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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. 

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The UK Government has now allowed the courts to reopen and possession cases can be heard again. However, the court process will be slower than usual and tenants and landlords alike should be looking to avoid possession claims where possible.

If tenancies are to be sustained long term then there must be financial support for tenants and landlords to ensure the rent is paid, particularly if further lockdowns are necessary.

It's essential that landlord voices are heard on this.

Join us in our campaign and support our roadmap for the private rented sector by contacting your MP.

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. 

Some MPs prefer to be contacted via letter. All letters should be sent to House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.

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

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

Essential things to include in your letter

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.