Private landlords have lost faith in the Conservative party, with just one in six - 15.75 per cent - now saying they would support them in a general election, a new poll by the National Landlords Association (NLA) suggests.

The research, conducted with less than a week until the European elections, found that more than two thirds – 69 per cent - of the landlords responding had voted Conservative in 2017.

But of those, just a quarter – 25 per cent - said they would do so again were an election called today.

Meanwhile, 85 per cent of landlords stated they would be likely to vote against any party proposing to remove Section 21 and 89 per cent would vote against any party proposing rent control.

Richard Lambert, CEO of the NLA, said: “It’s hardly surprising that landlords are losing faith in the Conservatives given the way their Government has overturned the economic, and now legislative, foundations of the private rented sector since 2015.

“The Tories’ attitude seems to be “Well, who else are landlords going to vote for?” The response is coming back loud and clear, “Not you”.

”He added: “Our members have told us that removing Section 21 would be devastating and costly for their businesses.

“Conservative Ministers need to take the time to understand what’s actually happening in the private rented sector or it may end up costing them dearly.”