The availability of rental properties run by private landlords in the UK is a positive thing, according to an industry representative.

Steve Hilton, spokesperson for the National Landlords Association (NLA), said that when it is "at its best"rental accommodation provides a flexible living arrangement for those who choose to sign up to tenancy agreements.

He also suggested that the NLA has been working to ensure that the private rented sector is not seen as a second-class way of living, behind homeownership.

Mr Hilton's comments come in the wake of Spareroom.co.uk releasing research that showed the average age of a UK tenant is 28 - three years older than the typical person paying a landlord rent in 2006.

The study also indicated that the number of lodgers in the country is currently at an all-time high.

According to the NLA representative, it is not surprising that tenants are renting for longer because it is difficult to save money for high mortgage deposits.

Written by Mark Garner
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