Private landlords who enjoy a healthy relationship with their tenants would be better placed if they encountered difficulties on their buy-to-let mortgages, it has been suggested.

According to Simon Gordon, head of communications at the National Landlords Association (NLA), good communication between landlords and tenants would mean that lenders might be contacted quicker in the event of financial problems emerging.

Mr Gordon said: "The landlord - if he or she gets into difficulty - should obviously discuss with their lender, if they have a mortgage, about those difficulties."

Tenants could feel they could also inform their landlord if they lost their jobs or were applying for local housing allowance, he added.

His advice comes as rising unemployment and the impact of the recession in the UK is putting pressure on some tenants to afford rent payments, as well as some private landlords' abilities to fund mortgage repayments.

Research by the NLA - which represents private landlords' interests in the rented sector - in December, found that 71 per cent of private landlords thought rental arrears would increase this year.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19048695-ADNFCR

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