With the General Election just weeks away, we need to send the message loud and clear that landlords have had enough. We will not accept the constant attacks by Government and we demand the immediate scrapping of Section 24, which constitutes the worst attack on landlords in the history of the UK.
Many Conservative MPs are in marginal seats. They should not feel safe. They should know that they cannot count on our votes. They have betrayed the landlords of this country and punished us for the crime of providing housing.
We are therefore urging all landlords, but especially those whose MPs have small Conservative majorities, to write to their MPs and also to go and visit them and ask them for a promise in writing of how they are going to support landlords and specifically what they are going to do to get Section 24 scrapped.
Here is the full list of marginal seats (including seats held by other parties which the Conservatives will be targeting) >> https://news.rla.org.uk/mp-tenant-tax/
Barry Fitzpatrick at Property118 states:
“There’s an average of 3,000 landlords per constituency (2 million divided by 650 constituencies).
Assuming most landlords voted Conservative last time around, if 50% changed (that is 1,500 landlords in each constituency) and voted for the runner up, all things being equal, approximately 30 Conservative MPs on the list of marginals would lose their seats.”
These MPs need to be told in no uncertain terms that landlords pose a threat to their position.
We especially urge anyone who is or who knows a landlord in Gavin Barwell’s constituency of Croydon Central (he has a majority of 165!) to get this message across.
I wrote to Gavin Barwell yesterday (sending an email directly to him at firstname.lastname@example.org and also via my MP), as follows (you can adapt the message so that it suits you and whip one off to him):
‘Dear Mr Barwell.
I understand that you have a very small majority in your constituency. I would like to suggest that this is now very much in jeopardy as you will be losing many votes from private landlords. I am looking forward therefore to some kind of statement fairly soon that you are going to fight tooth and nail and get Philip Hammond to change his mind and reverse Section 24. If you do this, then the landlord bodies and individual landlords will back you and advise their members who are landlords in your constituency to vote for you. Obviously if you make no headway on this before the General Election you face the very real possibility of losing your seat.
All the best.
Dr Rosalind Beck
Portfolio landlord and campaigner against Section 24.’
We need to flood his mail bag so that he knows we mean business. If he gets enough emails from landlords in his constituency especially, it may concentrate his mind enough to get him to try and make Philip Hammond see sense.
Please post your efforts in comments below to inspire others. We need to keep up the momentum and make them listen to us.
If you are a member of the RLA and NLA please insist you are kept up to date with what they are also doing. The RLA has been targeting marginal constituencies already, so help out with their efforts also. We are in this together. We have a window of opportunity and some leverage for a change, so let’s use it to GET SECTION 24 SCRAPPED!