Private landlords who research their local rental markets thoroughly during tough economic times are able to emerge in a strong position financially, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has said.

The body commented that experienced landlords are taking advantage of cheaper mortgages in the buy-to-let market after interest rates were cut to one per cent.

Borrowers who don't do their homework on their local private rented sector market could find the current economic climate more difficult, particularly given the threat of rental arrears, the NLA noted.

Rising unemployment in the recession is affecting some tenants' ability to afford rent, which can mean their landlords will find it harder to make their buy-to-let mortgage repayments.

Last month, the NLA revealed that 74 per cent of calls to its advice lines over the previous year had been from private landlords enquiring about procedures to take if their tenants fall behind on rent payments.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19052811-ADNFCR

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