Members of the NLA and RLA voted for the two organisations to form the new National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) following meetings today.
The trade bodies said the merger will provide a stronger voice for the private rented sector.
The new organisation will boast more than 80,000 landlord members making it the sector’s largest trade association by far.
It will speak for members owning and managing half a million properties or about 10 per cent of the private rented sector. It will officially launch on 1 January 2020.
More powerful voice
RLA chairman Alan Ward and NLA chairman Adrian Jeakings issued a joint statement.
They said: “We are delighted that landlords have backed plans for a new, stronger body to represent them and their interests.
“The new organisation will have a more powerful voice to support landlords, provide services to them and to lobby government.
“Both organisations will now move forward together to appoint a new chairman and directors for the NRLA,” they added.
The body will be seeking candidates internally and externally for the positions and said it would welcome expressions of interest from members for these posts.