Support Landlords Or Lose Our Votes

by Property118.com News Team

8:41 AM, 20th April 2017
About 4 years ago

Support Landlords Or Lose Our Votes

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Support Landlords Or Lose Our Votes

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 gavin.barwell.mp@parliament.uk 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!


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CazT

11:14 AM, 22nd April 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Dr Rosalind Beck" at "22/04/2017 - 10:54":

Hi - do you prefer Ros or Rosalind? I'm Carol, caz came about due to an email address!

I was so disappointed by the writing on that episode. It really brought their normal level of research down to the worst level of prejudice. I may well comment on it on the Beeb's website or fb group. I am so fed up with the constant attacks on us.

I bought my first BTL back in 1993, before banks & building societies were irreparably connected. I actually had two mortgages and even back then, certain green-eyed monsters were annoyed that I was doing that. What really bugs me is the fact that if I had been allowed to carry on with full support from my husband, we would be in a multi-millionaire situation by now. Unfortunately, he didn't understand and didn't want to understand, how the whole thing worked. All he saw was debt.

By the time he did understand, it was 2007 and I managed to buy five properties before that door shut with a bang! They were my Pension as I stopped work at 55 due to disabilities. As of today, I've sold two, moved into one and put rents up by £50pcm on the two remaining properties.

It's way too late for us now, even if it does get repealed, and I find that grossly unfair but normal for this country. ☹️

Dr Rosalind Beck

11:27 AM, 22nd April 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "CazT " at "22/04/2017 - 11:14":

Hi Carol. Yes it is my experience too that women are more dynamic than men both in property and in business as a whole and can have their efforts and ambitions thwarted and sabotaged by (some) men. Some of this has been confirmed in recent research by Simple Landlords Insurance and a Norwegian Business School report, respectively. I have also come across the attitude that whilst it may be okay if you have a small property business it isn't to have a larger (more successful) one. I don’t think this prejudice is apparent in other businesses. Envy is definitely a major factor behind the attack on landlords. All logic, reason and fairness goes out the window
All the best. Ros

CazT

11:48 AM, 22nd April 2017
About 4 years ago

Amen to all of that, Ros!

philip allen

13:06 PM, 22nd April 2017
About 4 years ago

Where's the Monster Raving Loony Party when you need it most?

CazT

15:43 PM, 22nd April 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "philip allen" at "22/04/2017 - 13:06":

They all became closet Conservatives,lol ?

KD South East

22:10 PM, 22nd April 2017
About 4 years ago

Why on earth would anyone vote Conservative? Not only are the hammering landlords, they are attacking everyone. Tenants, young people under 21, anyone with more than 2 children.
I work for a Housing Association and see the attack on both sides. 1% forced rent reduction each year for 4 years for properties at half the market rent. Loss of hundreds of jobs in our organisation alone (including mine). And now the tenants who are being hit by the latest benefit changes are getting into trouble and lots will be evicted. So much stress and for what? There's still no balancing of those books. I'd never encourage anyone to vote for them

Coops

14:36 PM, 29th April 2017
About 4 years ago

How many landlords are represented by the NLA, RLA, SAL, UKALA and ARLA ?

How many family budgets are to be affected in the PRS as a result of Section 24 ?

If the above associations all combined (any further organisations/groups are welcomed) for the purpose of Section 24 and put a case to all the major parties, it would surely seek favour at a crucial time for the coming election.

Combined with individuals also lobbying their local prospective MP's, even if it is just a copy and paste exercise from one of the many letters doing the rounds, it would be the best chance of getting the tax overturned. For the time taken to read this thread, we could all of searched our local candidates and forwarded an email to their inbox. A paper version would be more effective, even better try a meeting but whichever route you choose, make your voice heard!

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