Coup for RLA as it announces new policy director David Smith

A new policy director has been appointed to the Residential Landlords Association.

He is David Smith – EYE’s legal contributor – who succeeds Richard Jones, the highly regarded long-term policy director at the RLA.

Smith, who continues in his role as partner and practising solicitor at legal firm Anthony Gold, is an acknowledged expert in landlord and tenant law.

Well known across the private rented sector, he was recently expert adviser to the Welsh Assembly’s Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee for its consideration of the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill.

RLA chairman Alan Ward said: “At a time of considerable change for the private rented sector, David’s experience and knowledge will be invaluable in guiding RLA policy and making representation to all levels of government.”

He also paid tribute to Richard Jones: “Richard’s contribution to policy-making in the private rented sector has been immense and I am pleased that the RLA is not losing his experience altogether as he will continue as a policy consultant and RLA company secretary.”

Smith said: “I am delighted to join the RLA. With a new housing bill proposed and major changes to the tax regime, it is a challenging time for landlords.

“Private renting is crucial to meeting Britain’s housing need and supporting the flexible workforce the economy demands.

“However, as it continues to grow, it comes under greater levels of scrutiny.

“I look forward to leading the RLA’s policy work, to secure the best possible outcomes for our members, and the private rented sector in general.”

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