Over two thirds of landlords are undecided on how they'll vote in the General Election

Almost half of the landlords polled by Landbay have shared concerns over a potential change of government.

Related topics:  Landlords,  General Election 2024
Property | Reporter
28th May 2024
General Election 2024
"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"
- John Goodall - Landbay

Just over 40% of landlords say they are still undecided on who to vote for in the upcoming general election on July 4th, while nearly half have concerns over a potential change in government, the latest Landbay survey can reveal.

When asked how they intend to vote, 41% said they don’t yet know which party they will choose. 31% said they will vote Conservative, while just over one in ten (12%) said they will choose Labour. Slightly more than 5% said they intended to vote for the Liberal Democrats and one in ten chose ‘Other’.

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%).

The survey also found that 48% have concerns about a potential change of government. When explaining their reasoning, respondents described Labour as “anti-landlord” and a potential government offering “too many unknowns”, with many of the policies of the two main parties seeming closely aligned. Others said that their vote will go to the party that will reduce the heavy tax burden facing landlords.

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.”

The findings form part of Landbay’s latest survey which questions existing landlords on a variety of topics to determine their attitude and intentions. The survey uncovered the key factors facing landlords and their thoughts on upcoming regulations and the future of the buy-to-let market.

John Goodall, founder and CEO 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.”

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.”

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