Experienced private landlords are "very keen"to invest in new property acquisitions at present, according to the policy manager at the National Landlords Association (NLA).

Chris Norris claimed that his organisation's members have been reporting for a number of months that the housing market is improving.

His comments come on the back of research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla), which indicated that there has been an 11 per cent increase in the average number of properties investors have in their portfolios.

Over the last year, the typical number of homes boasted by investors grew from 6.3 to seven properties.

This "demonstrates the resilience and counter-cyclical nature of private-renting that the NLA has long recognised,"according to Mr Norris.

Private landlords have been warned by both Arla and the NLA recently that rising unemployment in the UK could result in an increase in rental arrears. The organisations have urged professionals to consider rental insurance to cover their incomes.

Written by Mark GarnerADNFCR-2002-ID-19426141-ADNFCR

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