Investors considering a move into the private rented sector should not feel threatened by reports of private landlords' buy-to-let properties being taken into repossession, it has been suggested.

According to Ian Potter, operations manager at the Association of Residential Letting Agents, the UK's regulatory body for the residential lettings industry, repossession is taking place in only a very small percentage of buy-to-let properties in the current climate.

He noted that repossessions are not as high as in the economic downturn in the 1990s.

Mr Potter added: "It's an issue that is very easy to blow out of all proportion because it is such an emotive subject for those set to buy it."

His comments come after data from the Ministry of Justice showed that 36,118 private landlord possession claims were issued in county courts in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The figure, based on standard and accelerated procedures on a seasonally adjusted basis, was three per cent lower compared to the same three-month period in 2007.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19044328-ADNFCR

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