Letting property is an investment that offers "much better benefits than just putting it into your bank,"according to Dan Sawyer of Assetz.

The investment consultant, who is also a landlord, said returns are "far better in property"than they are in other types of investment.

However, landlords need to ensure they are protected should a tenant be unable to pay the rent, he added.

Mr Sawyer pointed out that while this is "just a minor downside"of owning a buy-to-let property, it is important landlords take out adequate insurance to cover any emergencies.

He also advised people considering taking out a buy to let mortgage to carry out thorough research before committing to a particular product and suggested that those looking at using a property investment firm check its track record.

Figures published earlier this month by Moneyfacts indicated that landlords currently need a minimum 20 per cent deposit to qualify for a buy-to-let mortgage, although the sector has recently seen positive signs of recovery as the recession eases.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19470184-ADNFCR

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