Committee Members

Helen Gamsa from Bristol

‘I decided to join and to participate in ELA because of those key words: “It’s a home, not just a property”. The housing system in this country today is a complete mess, and I see being a landlord as a privilege which carries a responsibility, a responsibility to operate as fairly and decently as possible, so I intend to do this and through ELA encourage others to do the same.’

Roni Moran also from Bristol

‘I’m landlord of a property in Bristol and concerned about the impact of rising rent levels on accessibility to decent housing for low-income households. The ELA was a welcome discovery given the need for landlord self-regulation in the context of minimal government regulation. I’d like to see the development of ethical and co-operative practices which help landlords both meet social responsibilities and stay economically viable.… I’m still questioning the ethics of owning a rental property.’

Founding member of the ELA, Sarah Fishpool from Birmingham:

‘The housing crisis is a complex matter, with a number of interrelated factors, which requires holistic government intervention. However, I believe that there are an enormous number of private landlords, like myself, who can be a positive element in the housing market. By establishing ELA I hope to provide support, information and challenge to those landlords. I also hope that ELA can be the public voice of landlords who act not simply in their own interests, but also in the interests of their tenants.’

ELA Treasurer, Dori Miller from Cheshire:

‘Our three children have all done lengthy degrees in other cities; their numerous experiences of rending lead me to conclude that many rental properties leave much to be desired, and are poor substitutes for homes. We rent out a granny flat, pictured, which is attached to our house, and no longer needed for its original purpose. Our tenant questioned why we hadn’t increased his rent in six years. He took some convincing that we consider it our contribution to affordable housing, and that we would rent it to anyone else on the same terms. Clearly, the ELA has work to do before tenants will believe that landlords can have any other motive than profit.’

Clerk of the ELA Committee, Alastair Cameron, from Edinburgh

‘I got involved in ELA because I’ve spent most of my working life sticking up for homeless people and tenants. When I became a landlord, it was clear that it’s not a doddle, but there are important basic principles to uphold. My hopes for ELA are that it will present a new vision for being a landlord, bringing like-minded people together and spreading good practice – like a positive virus.’

Jackie Cottingham from Cambridge:

‘I was a landlord for fifteen years as we were working abroad and rented out our home in Hertfordshire. However, I have also worked for local councils, advising landlords and tenants, as well as organising a Landlord’s Forum for private landlords, so I have seen both sides of the private rented sector.  Until recently I worked for Housing Justice, the national Christian voice on homelessness and housing, advising churches and meetings with redundant land or buildings about developing social housing.  I believe there are many landlords who want to rent out homes and generate an income for themselves but also treat their tenants fairly. The Ethical Landlords Association can help them to think through some of the issues and their response.’