One of the important decisions private landlords have to make is whether or not to furnish their property.

According to Carl Mimmack, who works for Birmingham-based letting agent Accord Lets, furnished rental homes are currently more sought-after than properties without furniture.

In a statement this week, the property professional said there are a number of issues private landlords need to consider when it comes to renting out their bricks and mortar.

They may actually be able to benefit from placing unfurnished homes on the market.

"Landlords who offer their property unfurnished may also reap the benefits of being able to deduct a percentage of the cost from their tax liability,"Mr Mimmack states.

Many letting agents and landlords opt for the middle ground, he adds, by letting out part-furnished homes.

The rental market has come under close scrutiny lately as an increased number of landlords have joined the market because they have not been able to sell their homes.

Written by Claire Doyle

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