The private rental sector has been described as "counter-recessionary"by an industry expert.

It would therefore appear that many private landlords have avoided the problems faced by other homeowners and industry professionals since the onset of the economic downturn.

Managing director of the Buy-to-Let Show Oliver Romain said that the UK's private rental sector "has remained very robust"in recent times.

He explained: "Certainly as far as our business is concerned, I wouldn't say there has been a pick-up [but] I wouldn't say there has been a particular downturn either."

Demand for rental property has remained strong despite the recession, Mr Romain added.

His insight into the market has come from appearing at The Landlord &Buy-to-let Show events across the UK, which provide free training and advice to the landlords who attend.

Meanwhile,'s May Rental Index said the average rental asking price during the month was £819 per calendar month.

Written by Sarah Field

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