Landlords could see a knock-on effect after it was announced that this year will see low levels of new houses being built.

Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), said that building figures last year reached an "all-time low".

Government targets for 2009 were that 240,000 houses would be built - but less than half this figure was reached with a total of 100,000 new builds.

People were not moving house as much thanks to a lack of money, Mr Berry explained.

It is not yet clear what the situation will be for the rest of this year, but it will be a "rocky ride"for the construction industry, he added.

The general election will also have an impact on the property market - with the potential for money to be withdrawn from building projects currently in the pipeline, Mr Berry continued.

His predictions follow reports from the department for communities and local government, which said that annual housing start figures in England were 35 per cent lower in September 2008-09 than the previous year.

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