And the landlord vote goes to – Please vote again

by Dr Rosalind Beck

14:27 PM, 13th December 2018
About 2 years 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.


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Whiteskifreak Surrey

21:52 PM, 16th December 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Devon Landlord at 16/12/2018 - 09:48
If you were in a business which depends on the EU your would sing a different song. Als watch the supply of your medicines, because soon the UK will not have access not only to the drugs produced in the EU (eg insulin), but the new modern drugs will not be licensed to be sold here. You may regret that when you or your loved one needs a modern treatment. And I am in this industry....
As for the LLs - the good, paying EU tenants will be replaces by those from further afield. Their ability to pay might not be exactly as we are accustomed to...

Mark Shine

22:46 PM, 16th December 2018
About 2 years ago

Despite what the somewhat suspect “results” of above poll suggest, I very much doubt JC will ever be PM, nor JM the chancellor.

I’m not a die hard Tory supporter like it seems many here are or were, and inversely the general electorate might be desperately hoping for a new hope/ a revolutionary new vision as is often the case, but ultimately in the confines of the voting booth most would not take such an irresponsible gamble by voting 4 labour in the current climate surely??

Michael Holmes

9:19 AM, 17th December 2018
About 2 years ago

Hello Rose,

I am sorry if I am being thick, but what are you showing in this poll? You have two sets of results, which one is the correct one?

Dr Rosalind Beck

9:23 AM, 17th December 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Holmes at 17/12/2018 - 09:19
Hi Michael. The first is what you would vote if an election were called today; the second is what you voted in 2015. All the best.

Ian Narbeth

11:58 AM, 17th December 2018
About 2 years ago

79% Conservative at last election, 18% now! Pull the other one.
Marxist trolls are liars, even to the extent of pretending they voted Conservative in 2015.
I suppose truth is a right wing conspiracy against the proletariat.
Sorry your poll got hijacked Ros.

Richard Peeters

12:10 PM, 17th December 2018
About 2 years ago

It is a real shame that there is little chance of decent genuine Independents even standing for election (and I don't mean "raving looney" parties).
There are numerically more votes to be won by overpromising to tenants than to landlords. More for union members that for business owners. More for the unemployed than for entrepreneurs.
Which Party and which MP wants to represent a successful landlord? None.

Dr Rosalind Beck

12:28 PM, 17th December 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 17/12/2018 - 11:58
Thanks, Ian. Yes, they hijacked the poll, but I can do one behind the scenes with the Landlords Alliance.

Incidentally, what would you think was a genuine figure on this, intuitively? I love guessing games and I would have thought that the landlord vote for the Tories might have been something like 60-70% in 2015 and could now be at about 45%.

Before the trolls got interested, the findings were more along the lines of 48% to 28%. And a big number would not have voted Labour today according to that - but rather other parties and they would have abstained. This chimes in with what a lot of landlords say.

Obviously, there would need to be a big, commissioned poll with a representative sample to get a true picture.

Also, not every landlord with just one property who may be unaffected by s24 for example, would necessarily vote 'as a landlord.' I've found some landlords are in denial about being landlords. For example, a friend of mine has considered renting out his second home (which he needs because he relocated away from the family for work). If he did, he wouldn't see himself as a landlord, although he obviously would be.

He's a Labour voter, a remainer and a Guardian reader and would prefer Corbyn to May - unless, of course, he realised that regardless of his self-identity his finances would be screwed by Corbyn and his wealth built up over 40 years of constant working with scarcely a day off, would be plundered as he would be seen as one of the undeserving and greedy rich.

John Walker

12:39 PM, 17th December 2018
About 2 years ago

I have to disagree with Larry's comments. Why encourage it to get worse by with-holding your vote? You may not like any of the choices available, but surely you do not want the absolute worst choice to prevail?

Jon Landlord

10:33 AM, 18th December 2018
About 2 years ago

I'd describe myself as centre-left, so the party closest to my political views is the LibDems. However, the constituency we live in is a red/blue marginal, so I voted Labour, and I expect to do so again.

It helps that our Labour MP is an outspoken Corybn critic. It's my hope that, if we do end up with a Corbyn government, the right of the Labour party will prevent him from doing anything too radical.

While I do consider landlord-related policies when choosing who to vote for, it's a relatively minor piece of the puzzle for me. Cuts in council spending, and to some extent attitude to business, have more of an impact on my life.

No idea what our tenants' political leanings are!

dom glynn

12:24 PM, 18th December 2018
About 2 years ago

I'm normally a Labour supporter, but that's a wasted vote around here. So now I vote tactically for the LD's to try and stop Zac Goldsmith being elected.

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