Private landlords must develop a strategy that deals with the inevitable ups and downs of property investment, an expert has claimed.

Tom Entwistle, editor of online landlord community LandlordZONE, said that those investing in bricks and mortar should see their purchase as a long-term investment.

Prospects for this sector of the housing industry over the course of a number of years are "very good", he explained.

"Given the unique demographics, planning restrictions, job insecurity, cost of housing etc, selective investing in rental property while prices are low could be an excellent long-term strategy,"Mr Entwistle remarked.

His comments come after research agency BDRC stated that there has been an increase in confidence among UK landlords.

A study from the group found that 17 per cent of private landlords think their letting prospects for the forthcoming three months are 'very good'.

This represents a rise of seven per cent on the figure generated during the opening quarter of 2009.

Written by John Weeks

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