The South of Scotland Private Landlords Association (SPLA) this week merged with the National Landlords Association (NLA).

It means a far greater number of private landlords in Scotland now have the potential to voice their concerns, through the trade body, about the impact of local and national government policies on their letting services.

Jim Parker, chairman of NLA Scotland, said the move will help raise the profile of the private-rented sector in the country.

"We will be looking to work ever more closely with local authorities in the region in order to ensure a fair balance between the needs of tenants and landlords,"he said.

Jim Sharpe, founder member of the SPLA, hailed the merger as a "new chapter"for landlords in southern Scotland, adding that its members will now have a greater ability to influence public policy.

In early January, regulation on energy performance certificates (EPC) became effective in Scotland.

It means landlords are legally required to provide information related to a property's energy efficiency before the tenancy agreement is completed.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18986222-ADNFCR

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