Private landlords who advertise their homes to rent online could attract more interest from potential tenants if they display photos of their properties, it has been suggested.

Mark Milner, chief executive of online estate agents, has advised estate agents looking to sell in the current climate that people expect to see photos of a property when viewing it online at a company's website.

In advice which could also apply to renters marketing their homes to would-be tenants, Mr Milner added that agents should be cautious about the photos they submit - because baskets of dirty laundry or an overgrown garden in the background would put off potential customers.

"Most buyers looking at properties are turned off by messy homes with peeling wallpaper and mouldy window frames,"he added.

Low mortgage availability amid the impact of the credit crunch means many would-be homebuyers could be looking to live in rented accommodation at present.

Statistics published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors this month showed that the average number of transactions per estate agency fell to 10.1 in December, the lowest level since the survey began in 1978.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18986179-ADNFCR

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