People investing in property in the UK, including professional private landlords, should do their research before entering the market, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) operations manager Ian Potter.

Offering landlord advice, the Arla representative said that any "serious investors"will be researching the different trends across the country.

Mr Potter claimed that if one part of the UK is following a certain rental market pattern, this does not mean that other regions will be in the same situation.

"You've got places like Leeds, where there is an oversupply of two-bedroom, new-build, flats,"said Mr Potter. "But it doesn't mean that in Surrey there's not a shortage of two-bedroom flats on the rental market."

These comments follow Arla's most recent members' survey, which indicated that the return on UK flats remained unchanged between the last quarter of 2008 and the first three months of this year.

Written by John Weeks
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