If anyone wants to see a 'blow by blow' account of the evening, the RLA twitter feed for the night (9th May) does a very good job - see it here: https://twitter.com/RLA_News
For those preferring a summary, we hope we managed to get our own message across to all of the candidates - at the time, the Conservative Manifesto was not published and Flick asked us to send her evidence of the injustice that landlords had suffered at the hands of the last government. We did so - see our input here - there is nothing obvious in the manifesto but we will keep pushing the message and we live in hope that our plight has been heard and some rebalancing will take place in the Chancellors autumn statement.
We also attached a number of supporting documents and our input to Flick read as follows:
"You asked for input / explanation of the impact of the recent tax changes on landlords, so you could share with your colleagues and the Treasury.
Please find attached a hastily put together word document summarising some of the key issues, pointing to some of the research, quoting two specific examples from attendees last night and a worked example showing the calculations and impact on a ‘typical small developer landlord’.
In that document is an excerpt from a very detailed piece of research by an economics professor at Imperial College which assesses that rents will rise by at least 27% as a result of these changes – I know time is short for all, but that research should be required reading for anyone considering changing the tax position of this sector.
I have also attached a briefing the RLA did for Dame Marie Winterton (the chris town briefing) and an RLA ‘Finance and Tax Review’ which states:
• The majority of landlords (71%) reported the changes would negatively impact on their rental income
• With 67% of landlords facing reduced profitability due to changes in MIR
• 68% of these landlords reported these changes would reduce their profitability by at least 20%
And finally, I have attached a softcopy of the RLA 2017 Manifesto as that makes some very good points as well.
Thank you once again for sharing your time last night and if you can help resolve some of these issues, we would be very appreciative."