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...

  • Mandatory Licensing Extends to Small HMO's
    Mandatory Licensing Extends to Small HMO's

    Mandatory licensing of large HMO’s with 3 or more storeys and 5 or more occupants was introduced in 2006 and it can be argued, that the aim of the legislation was to improve fire safety in these dwellings as more deaths occurred in buildings with 3 or more storeys than in 1 or 2 storey buildings and the likelihood of fire in bedsits (as many of these dwellings were) was greater.

    Since 2010 when rules were relaxed, additional licensing schemes focussed on HMOs and selective licensing schemes focussed on Anti Social Behaviour problems have also become widespread. It is one such version of additional licencing which covers southern Portsmouth and Southsea and requires all small HMO’s to be licensed. This scheme was introduced in 2013/14 and ends this year.

    The government now plans to extend mandatory licensing to cover any dwelling with 5 or more occupants regardless of the number of storeys, aimed at bringing smaller HMO's into the scheme.

    Read on to see how this will affect you…..

  • Small Rooms Just Got Bigger
    Small Rooms Just Got Bigger

    Up until now, there has been no specific legal minimum size for a bedroom though a number of legal cases have set some boundaries and the building regulations do provide guidance for new builds. HMO landlords in Portsmouth, whether ‘mandatory’ (3+ floors, 5+ residents) or ‘additional’ (not mandatory but at least 3 unrelated residents) have been allowed rooms as small as 6 square metres depending on communal space and layout.

    That is all about to change….

  • New Paperwork For Existing Tenants Required
    New Paperwork For Existing Tenants Required

    At this months PDPLA members meeting we had a presentation on the regulatory changes that now mean that ALL landlords should:

    • Ensure they have the necessary new paperwork in place even for tenants that they have had for years and
    • Serve the relevant items now to avoid issues should the tenancy become problematic later

    There  was much debate about, for example, how often you need to check someone’s passport if they are British (and remember, 15% of Britons don’t have passports – so what do you do then?). But the key point in all of these areas is that you need to have a clear audit trail to show you are legally compliant. If you do, you should have no problems. If you don’t you run the risk of major problems in the future.

    For details of what you must do, read on….

  • Warning To Members - Fife Digs
    Warning To Members - Fife Digs

    In an earlier article, we quoted the example of Fife Digs and rooms contracted for 6 months being vacated after less than 3 months.  Unfortunately this was not a 'one-off' and we have had a number of members and at least one letting agent who have let us know of their bad experience with this agency.

    Obviously we are not in a position to say anything bad about this agency, but we are duty bound to warn our members of the bad experience of others and to advise a great deal of care should this agency approach you.

    Here is what we know...

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.

  • 12 Mar 2018
    PDPLA Monthly Meeting 07:30pm to 09:00pm

    Have you got a case of the January Black Mould Blues? We have Chris from Alliance Remidial discussing Iidentifying

  • 14 Mar 2018
    PDPLA Landlords Breakfast 09:00am to 10:00am

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

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

    Additional Licensing for HMO's ends in August (27/8/18). What will replace it? Also, what happened to

  • 11 Apr 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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