More Britons have been able to access housing solutions in the private-rented sector thanks to support made available through rent deposit schemes and social letting agents, says the Joseph Rowntree Association.

Julia Unwin, chief executive of the social research charity, told the Guardian that such options are a positive benefit to private landlords, the rented accommodation sector, and the vulnerable and marginalised people these initiatives are designed to help.

"These can minimise risks for both landlords and their tenants, improving suitability and sustainability,"Ms Unwin said.

She explained that the role of the private-rented sector has now become much more diverse and is proving more capable of providing homes for disadvantaged Britons.

Her comments come after the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) stated in its annual review that landlords were delivering housing solutions for people affected by the recession.

Ian Potter, head of operations at Arla, expressed this view after figures published by the group last month showed that an increased number of landlords were taking a long-term approach to property investment.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19022974-ADNFCR

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