Lettings agents across the UK have reported an increase in the number of tenants haggling with landlords about the amount of rent they pay since the beginning of 2009, according to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (Arla).

The group reported that 93 per cent of the 730 letting agents surveyed reported an increase in the number of tenants who haggle about rent.

It suggested that this could be caused by several factors, including an oversupply of property to let and potential financial problems experienced by tenants.

Tenants who have applied for Local Housing Allowance may make late payments, said Arla operations manager Ian Potter, as while rents are due in advance, this benefit is paid monthly in arrears.

"There's been a lot of talk about the Homeowner Mortgage Support scheme of late but as far as I can see, tenants are being forgotten completely. That's inexcusable in a climate such as this,"he stated.

Arla was established in 1981 and has 3,500 member offices across the UK.

Written by Sarah FieldADNFCR-2002-ID-19252474-ADNFCR

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