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Landlords turn their backs on Conservatives

Private landlords have lost faith in the Conservative party, according to the National Landlords Association.

A poll by the NLA found only one in six (15.75 per cent) landlords now say they would support the Tories in an election.

This poll was conducted shortly after the government announced its intention to abolish the no fault section 21 possession process and end fixed-term tenancies.

The NLA found that more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of the landlords responding had voted Conservative in 2017. However, of those, only 25 per cent said they would do so again were an election called today.

Meanwhile, 85 per cent of landlords stated they would be likely to vote against any party proposing to remove section 21 and 89 per cent would vote against any party proposing rent control.

NLA chief executive officer Richard Lambert says: “It’s hardly surprising that landlords are losing faith in the Conservatives given the way their government has overturned the economic, and now legislative, foundations of the private rented sector since 2015. The Tories’ attitude seems to be ‘Well, who else are landlords going to vote for?’  The response is coming back loud and clear, ‘Not you’.

“Our members have told us that removing section 21 would be devastating and costly for their businesses. Conservative ministers need to take the time to understand what’s actually happening in the private rented sector or it may end up costing them dearly.”

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