More landlords in London intend to vote to remain in the upcoming referendum on the European Union (EU) than anywhere else in the UK (45 per cent), according to a recent poll. By contrast, more landlords in the North East intend to vote to leave than anywhere else in the UK. The news comes before the referendum, taking place on June 23, which will decide whether or not the United Kingdom will remain a member state of the EU.
Overall, the findings show that landlords are evenly split, with 35 per cent intending to vote leave and 35 per cent intending to vote to remain, with one in three (30 per cent) still undecided about whether they will vote to leave or remain.
Landlords were also divided about whether EU membership would be beneficial to their future business prospects, with 53 per cent believing that EU membership would be beneficial, and 47 per cent believing it would be harmful.
Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer at the National Landlords Association (NLA), said:
“Landlords, much like the rest of the British public, are divided on how they will vote in the EU referendum which means the decision looks to go down to the wire.
“The Remain and Leave campaigns have both had difficulty persuading the public on the benefits or hazards of a Brexit vote, and they have struggled to provide any clear analysis about the impact exiting the EU would have on the buy-to-let market.
“As a result, landlords appear more likely to vote in this referendum based on their attitudes to issues such as national security, trade, and immigration, rather than the effect on the UK property market or their businesses.”