The Tories represent the interests of landlords, say landlords

Tony Gosling tony at
Wed Apr 1 00:39:41 BST 2015

The Tories represent the interests of landlords, say landlords

Your landlord probably votes Tory

STONE  Tuesday 31 March 2015

Landlords are overwhelmingly planning to vote 
Conservative because the party has said it will 
not try to 
rents or introduce new tenant protections, according to a new survey.

Most landlords – 51% – say David Cameron’s party 
best represents their interests, while a huge 45% 
say they will vote Conservative in May, the 
agency which carried out the 

Only 19% of landlords who took part in the survey 
said they would vote Labour –under half as many as say they would vote Tory.

The agency which carried out the survey said that 
landlords favour the Conservatives because they 
do not want to regulate the sector, control 
rents, or force owners to offer tenants more 
secure terms, according to the agency which carried out the survey.

“Conservatives take a liberal approach to the 
rental market, opting not to interfere with rent 
prices and tenancy lengths. This is good news for 
landlords should the Tories remain in 
government,” the group, Rentify, said in its analysis of the figures.

The gap represents a strong bias towards the 
Conservatives: amongst the general population 
Labour and the Tories are neck and neck in the polls.

The agency said pledges by Labour to soften 
future rent increases and introduce basic 
protections for tenants had “had an impact on the 
party’s popularity with landlords”.

most - and least - affordable UK cities for renting

The Opposition says it will limit the speed of 
rent increases but has not pledged to cap rents. 
It will also scrap letting agent fees for tenants 
and mandate three-year tenancy agreements by default.

Landlord groups reacted with delight earlier this 
month after the Government further watered down regulations on private housing.

Conservative housing minister Brandon Lewis 
at the timethat he wanted more people to rent 
their homes from landlords, creating a “bigger, better private rented sector”.

Rents are 
to rise 3% in 2015 
an 8% rise last year, according to predictions.

The poll found that 45% of landlords were 
planning to vote Conservative, 19% Labour, 17% 
Ukip, 6% Liberal Democrat and 6% Green.

Rentify surveyed a sample of 1,205 landlords to get its results.

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