UK landlords could face a number of challenges over the course of the next 12 months, but buy-to-let property remains "a sound investment", experts have claimed.

According to a new report by the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (Arla), 2009 will pose both a challenge and an opportunity for property investors.

The group expects rental demand to hold up, but is warning that there is likely to be an increase in the number of landlords who are unable to meet their monthly mortgage payments over the coming months, meaning increased rates of repossession.

Nonetheless, operations manager of Arla Ian Potter is anticipating a revival of the buy-to-let market over the course of 2009.

"With house prices continuing to fall, we're expecting to see a good deal of investor landlords enticed back into buying up properties, as they recognise that bricks and mortar are still the most solid long-term investment,"he claimed.

This comes after a report by UK firm Knight Frank suggested that UK landlords could afford to adopt a "cautiously optimistic"approach to 2009, with demand for rented homes set to remain strong.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18949622-ADNFCR

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