Investors lean Conservative but feel “everyone is anti-landlord”

Investors lean Conservative but feel “everyone is anti-landlord”

Landlords favour voting Conservative in the upcoming election but many are undecided – feeling that neither party represents their interests, Landbay research has found.

Nearly a third of landlords (31%) plan to vote Conservative, while just over one in ten (12%) said they will choose Labour.

However two in five (40%) are currently undecided on who they will vote for on the upcoming General Election on July 4th.

One landlord said: “A Labour government will be traditionally landlord unfriendly. Conservative policies of recent years have also been far too punitive to landlords.”

Another said: “Everyone is anti-landlord. With a lack of affordable housing, we are the scapegoats. They have increased our tax and compliance burden. The left is making it worse.”

John Goodall, founder and chief executive of Landbay, said: “Now that the election has been called, it is clear that landlords still need further reassurance from Labour about their plans for government and their policy for the sector.

“The UK needs a strong private rental sector that can support investment and has the ability to scale in order to provide housing to millions of households.

“We therefore urge Sir Keir Starmer to make clear his plans on housing and how his party will recognise the critical role of landlords and the private rental sector in the UK’s housing mix.”

Of those undecided, the largest proportion is those landlords with portfolios of 4-10 properties (35%), while landlords with 20 or more properties make up a quarter.

The majority of those undecided operate within a limited company (69%).

Rob Stanton, sales and distribution director at Landbay, added: “With a large proportion of landlords still undecided, these findings show the huge opportunity that is out there for all parties to engage with landlords, address their concerns and give them a reason to vote for their party.

“Given that much of recent politics from all sides has been anti-landlord, this would be a welcome change.

“It’s only natural for a potential change in government to raise concerns. In fact, we’re seeing this across lots of different industries and sectors as we all try and predict what changes in policy, regulation and central funding, for example will mean for us.

“It’s important for landlords to remember that the buy-to-let market has survived countless crises, regime changes and new governments. Furthermore, it has continued to thrive with lenders ready and willing to lend, and talented brokers able to support landlords in seizing the opportunities that are still out there.”