Private landlords and other investors have been increasing the size of their property portfolios, it would seem.

Research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) has found that over the last year, the average number of properties owned by a landlord has increased from 6.3 to seven.

When analysing the trend over a longer period of time, Arla noted that buy-to-let investment had almost doubled.

This observation was made because, in 2004, the number of properties per landlord apparently stood at four.

Operations manager at Arla Ian Potter said: "Low interest rates and proportionately higher rental yields are making the buy-to-let market attractive again to experienced investors."

Indeed, the Bank of England's monetary policy committee brought interest rates down to a record low of 0.5 per cent in March this year and has kept them at this level every month since.

A number of economists predict that there will be no change in the cost of borrowing from now until the end of 2010.

Written by Sarah Field

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