Welcome to the Portsmouth & District Private Landlords’ Association

The PDPLA is an association of local landlords which aims to represent, educate and inform its members. We meet monthly to learn and share information important to local landlords and we represent our members needs and the concerns to local and national government. There are approximately 4,000 private landlords in Portsmouth and this doubles when you add in the surrounding area – this is a large group of people, yet historically we are an easy target for the press, for regulation and for taxation. We cannot promise to change that, but together, we can try.

Martin Silman,
Chairman, PDPLA

PDPLA offers its members...

  • Monthly Meetings.
  • Guest Specialist Speakers.
  • Network with Fellow Landlords.
  • Support from Experienced Landlords.
  • Monthly Newsletters.
  • Up-to-date Information.
  • Quality Letting Documents.
  • Quality Letting Guides & Resources.


  • Ask Email Questions to all Members.
  • Discounted Landlord Insurance.
  • Free Tax Investigation Insurance.
  • Professional Contacts.
  • Members Working for Your Interests.
  • Recommended Traders.
  • Trader’s Discounts.
  • Landlord ‘Buddies’ Scheme.

Please note that from January 2017 and as a result of a vote put to our entire membership we are affiliating with the RLA to bring greater benefits and value to both memberships as well as the organisations.

In order to join both PDPLA and RLA please visit the RLA website.

Should you require further assistance or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


PDPLA Latest News...

  • What Are CIL Payments & Why Are They Important?
    What Are CIL Payments & Why Are They Important?

    At our last member meeting Jon McDermott talked about planning and several times, mentioned CIL payments and each time, someone asked what a CIL payment was….

    This short article attempts to explain what they are and why they are so important.

  • PDPLA Argues Against HMO Rule Changes
    PDPLA Argues Against HMO Rule Changes

    In response to the campaign by certain councillors to reduce the spread or update of HMO's, we raised the following key points:

    1. These changes will most impact the poorest in our community and increase homelessness
    2. Changes are not necessary due to falling demand for student accommodation
    3. Increasing demand for accommodation for single people will not be met
    4. There is a risk that these changes will increase rents and make city housing even less affordable
    5. Changes will delay much needed regeneration
    6. Changes imply that many properties are ‘too small’ for development, yet all developments meet all necessary standards for space and amenities and improve what is often, tired and dated housing stock
    7. Proponents argue that without these changes, parking and rubbish issues will increase, but there is no evidence to support this
    8. These changes will stop the creation of mixed and balanced communities

  • Senior Councillor Responds to PDPLA Local Plan Input
    Senior Councillor Responds to PDPLA Local Plan Input

    Last month we included the PDPLA response to the consulation on the Local Plan 'Issues and Options' document  (see it here).  In clarification, Councillor Luke Stubbs, deputy leader of PCC, responded: "Just a quick comment on the local plan and infrastructure. Much of what most people would include as infrastructure is outside of the control of local government (hospitals, doctors, new schools (although not the expansion of existing ones), the A27, railways) and so unless central government departments are willing to make commitments - and they're not - this cannot be considered in the local plan." 

    He went on to add,

  • Local Student Landlord Fed Up
    Local Student Landlord Fed Up

    Long standing PDPLA Committee Member Joan Goldenberg had this published in 'The News' (Portsmouth local paper) this month:

    I am fed up listening to what awful people we landlords are and in particular the current campaign denigrating student landlords. How landlords have ruined Portsmouth bringing in students to the private residential areas, taken cheap housing away, overcharge and are the cause of traffic problems.

    What landlords have actually done is buy dilapidated Victorian Houses, where the original residents made a jolly good profit, updated and improved them, from their own resources, and provided jobs for local businesses and business people and provided housing for students where there was none as the university numbers grew. Local builders, plasterers, painters, electricians, gas and central heating engineers, roofers were all kept busy and owe their living to the influx of landlords improving and providing much needed - but not only student - accommodation. Various industrial units have popped up, servicing the needs of these building trades.

More PDPLA News Articles...

Monthly Meetings and Other Events

2nd Monday of every month (except August) at the Inn Lodge Hotel, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH (free parking)
Networking with other Landlords from 7.00pm
Meetings Start at 7.30pm

Each month we will have a number of guest speakers From different fields of the letting industry.
They will give valuable up-to-date information and are available to answer your questions.

  • 11 Dec 2017
    PDPLA Monthly Meeting 07:30pm to 10:30pm

    Christmas Social for members and guests

  • 13 Dec 2017
    PDPLA Landlords Breakfast 09:00am to 10:00am

    Join us at our monthly Landlords Breakfast at Watkins & Faux (Southsea Tennis Club Pavilon, opposite

  • 08 Jan 2018
    PDPLA Monthly Meeting 07:30pm to 09:00pm

  • 10 Jan 2018
    PDPLA Landlords Breakfast 09:00am to 10:00am

    Join us at our monthly Landlords Breakfast at Watkins & Faux (Southsea Tennis Club Pavilon, opposite

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