And the landlord vote goes to – Please vote again

by Dr Rosalind Beck

14:27 PM, 13th December 2018
About a month ago

And the landlord vote goes to – Please vote again

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And the landlord vote goes to – Please vote again

Editors note: The voting form has recently been set up again so you can only cast one vote. Dr Beck would be most grateful if you could vote again if you haven’t already. Many thanks.

In recent months there has been much speculation about a general election being called early. I would like to get an idea of landlords’ voting intentions – which I then aim to relay to politicians. So could you please select out of the options below?

It would also then be very helpful if you could expand on your answers below in the comments section. You don’t have to answer each of the following points – just those you want to.
For example, if you have switched allegiance or you haven’t, could you give your reasons? Could you also give your thoughts on what you think of each party and their policies and attitude towards the private rented sector? You may also vote for a party for other reasons, unrelated to your role as a landlord, so it would also be interesting if you explained that.

I would also be interested in your insights into what you think your tenants might vote, if you have any idea or just your general thoughts on how you think the Government’s and Opposition’s approach to the PRS is likely to affect tenants’ voting patterns – particularly, whether you think that the Government’s recent assault on the sector is likely to gain them the ‘tenant vote.’

This could be important in terms of advocating for our sector, so please take part.



Comments

Devon Landlord

13:07 PM, 18th December 2018
About a month ago

Reply to comment made by Whiteskifreak Surrey. Many landlords have a range of business interests. I also have a company that trades in the EU area. If we come out of the EU on a no deal basis, my products will be cheaper on world markets and if the Pound falls again it will make them even more attractive. So I do know what the impact will be when we leave, but I voted to leave not because of trade issues but one concerning sovereignty and the current behaviour of the EU bureaucrats only goes further to motivate me to leave as no offers from the UK would ever be enough. They have no intention of letting us go as we are so valuable to them. But go we will! However, from a landlord perspective, I welcome the chance to be able to support or lobby against issues that material effect me and also to get rid of the EU imposed red take and stupid so called 'health and safety' regulations that are hamstringing business and peoples rights.

Michael Barnes

15:49 PM, 18th December 2018
About a month ago

Yes, it is still easy to vote multiple times.

Anthony Endsor

11:27 AM, 19th December 2018
About a month ago

I wish it was that easy to vote multiple times at a General Election. I'd be at the polling station all day 🙂

Whiteskifreak Surrey

12:07 PM, 19th December 2018
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Devon Landlord at 18/12/2018 - 13:07
Although I do not agree with you at all, I respect your views. At the end of the day everybody mainly voted for whatever it will be better for them, not necessary for the country (which now looks like preparing for war - not for a better life promised).
You say that leaving the EU will "get rid of the EU imposed red take and stupid so called 'health and safety' regulations that are hamstringing business and peoples rights." If only you were correct! I am not sure what a general opinion is here, but I do not believe that any restrictions which are imposed on the UK and are against landlords are going to be lifted. I would say it will be rather opposite, there will be a lot of new restrictions on LLs imposed by,now a sovereign, government. I only expect LLs life to get much worse.

Luk Udav

12:46 PM, 19th December 2018
About a month ago

I live in a constituency with a massive majority and so, like most people, am effectively disenfranchised. It seems that spoiled ballot papers are shown to the candidates, so I have mainly just written my views on some topic.
I don't think Tony Blair will be prosecuted as a war criminal, but at least the candidates know my views. Petty, I know, but it's the only way my "vote" counts in this mock democracy we have.

Ian Narbeth

12:51 PM, 19th December 2018
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Anthony Endsor at 19/12/2018 - 11:27
The IRA had a saying: "Vote early, vote often".
It is said that many of the misguided youth who voted for Comrade Corbyn's crew in 2017 voted at university and also by postal ballot at home.

Old Mrs Landlord

15:48 PM, 21st December 2018
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Dr Rosalind Beck at 21/12/2018 - 15:18
Wow, what a turnaround of policy in less than four years! Of course there have been two general elections in that time which, along with the rise of Corbyn, will have helped convince the Conservatives that they need to appeal to the young vote. The landlord vote is clearly expendable when their majority is threatened and long-held principles are abandoned in favour of pragmatism. That means adopting any vote-catching measure which might keep them in power. "Power", as we know, "tends to corrupt". The arithmetic is against us folks - there are more tenants than landlords.

Peter G

16:49 PM, 21st December 2018
About a month ago

the answer is....Landlords should run for election to be MPs. From what I've read they would have a more balanced and business-like approach, unlike our current MPs, many of whom have only ever known the political world since leaving OxBridge with a PPE - and haven't a clue about real life.

Mark Shine

18:08 PM, 21st December 2018
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Peter G at 21/12/2018 - 16:49I thought a lot of past and present MPs *were* landlords including previous PMs such as Cameron & Blair and the current and previous Chancellor? Most if not all of those 4 were ~professional~ I mean incorporated ones however, so completely unaffected by the biggest by far ‘politically motivated’ attack on unincorporated landlords (S24).

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