There have been "winners and losers"within the private landlord business in recent months, it has been suggested.

According to Oliver Romain, managing director of the Buy-to-Let Show, the private rented sector has remained strong in the recession - but this does not mean there have not been people who have suffered.

Commenting on the types of property landlords have been buying, he said:"There are people who purchased often brand-new properties through some of the sales seminars.

"Alternatively they may have purchased small properties in city centres which were over-hyped and then found themselves with a shortfall and competition for tenants."

Most property investors are doing well, but some private landlords will have found that they have not been able to make enough cash to cover their mortgage payments, Mr Romain added.'s latest rental index suggested that UK rental yield fell slightly to 4.56 per cent in May, with average yields recorded at 4.31 per cent for UK houses and 5.25 per cent for UK flats.

Written by John Weeks

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