The majority of landlords are expecting arrears in rents to increase next year, new research has shown.

The National Landlords Association (NLA) warned that not receiving rent could bring risks of repossessions and have a detrimental effect on supply of housing as its poll found that 71 per cent of landlords expect arrears to rise in 2009.

Only one per cent expect arrears to fall.

David Salusbury, chairman of the NLA, recommended that landlords carry out credit checks and commented: "Regular communication between both parties is essential to head off major problems."

A recent report by Southend paper The Echo revealed that more and more landlords in Basildon are rejecting tenants who receive benefits to pay for housing.

According to the article, local landlord Clive Bellingham blamed changes to the benefits system, introduced as part of the new Local Housing Allowance in the area which took effect in April.

"If the government pays tenants direct, landlords just don't get their money,"he told the paper.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18919833-ADNFCR

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