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 their 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 in 2017 we became affiliated with the RLA, bringing 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...

  • Is it a bird, is it a plane, no, it’s DAMP MAN!
    Is it a bird, is it a plane, no, it’s DAMP MAN!

    Damp ManOK – you can see why DC Comics went with Superman in 1938. Damp Man probably would not have given DC the success that led them to go on and create Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and so many others.  But Damp Man has one big advantage over all of DC’s superheroes and that is that he is real and can be found in Gosport!

    Our suggestion to members is they take advantage of his presence and drop in on him in Gosport or better still, ask him to drop in on you – he may not do so as dramatically as Superman would, but you will be just as pleased when he eradicates the bad guys for you. Read on to hear of one members experience….

  • Free Tax Advice For Landlords
    Free Tax Advice For Landlords

    With tax self assessments due by 31st January each year, this month is an important time for you to understand tax.

    The RLA is organising a free specialist tax webinar at 2pm on 14th January. For more details..

  • Scrapping Section 21 WILL increase homelessness.
    Scrapping Section 21 WILL increase homelessness.

    The 'Fitness For Habitation Bill' just passed into law. We supported it as did most other landlord associations but there are elements of the wording of the final bill which are cause for concern.  One of those is the desire to scrap Section 21 evictions.

    The bill started as a private members bill championed by MP Karen Buck. See below the letter sent to her on our behalf by committee member, Tony Athill...

  • Should Student Halls Pay Council Tax?
    Should Student Halls Pay Council Tax?

    Here at the PDPLA we have long argued against the unfair treatment student landlords receive from Portsmouth City Council – we get hounded for every possible penny of council tax whereas student halls, which are directly comparable, pay nothing.

    There was some good news last month when a valuation tribunal rejected an appeal from a student letting agency which effectively gave Leicester City Council (and all other councils) the ability to treat each student room as a separate dwelling and to charge council tax on that dwelling in exactly the same way they charge us.

    We have raised this with local councillors and the appropriate council officers and whilst councillors are keen to ensure that the we are treated fairly compared to our competitors, we still have some way to go with council staff.

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.

  • 31 Jan 2019
    PDPLA Monthly Meeting 07:00pm to 09:00pm

    Local housing and the PRS - a discussion between members and Stephen Morgan, MP Portsmouth South Stephen

  • 11 Feb 2019
    PDPLA Monthly Meeting 07:30pm to 09:00pm

    2 topics this month: e-Signature and 'tenant communications' Do you use e-Signature? Should you? What

  • 13 Feb 2019
    PDPLA Landlords Breakfast 09:00am to 10:00am

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

  • 11 Mar 2019
    PDPLA Monthly Meeting 07:30pm to 09:00pm

    Landlords and the law - what is new, what do you need to know, when should you use a barrister instead

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