In November last year, at the ARMA conference, I listened to two people from different housing associations present to a room full of private residential managing agents. Their goal, as I saw it, was to let the agents know their organisations were here to stay and they all needed to find a way to work together. If the proposed merger between L&Q, The Hyde Group and East Thames becomes a reality it will create an entity of such a size you won't be able to ignore them. Managing agents from all sectors need to start working together for the benefit of their clients, their leaseholders, their developments and let's face it, their sanity.

If you want to make a difference, come along to the Brethertons Property Management Unwrapped conference in June where we will be hosting a round table discussion for private managing agents and housing associations. Everyone will be encouraged to voice their frustrations and learn from each other in an effort to better understand their businesses.