Landlords in some areas of the UK could see an increase in potential tenants, according to one expert.

Director of residential research at Savills Lucian Cook said: "There is the possibility that you will see more long-term rent demand."

This is a result of people not being able to access the mortgage market or afford to purchase a house, he explained.

According to Mr Cook, this will confine people to the rental market for a longer length of time.

First-time buyers will be more affected by this than existing households at first, he said. But "this will filter through to the market more generally, affecting family housing", Mr Cook predicted.

The North of England is the most likely region to see this occur, rather than the south-east, he continued.

His comments follow reports from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) that house prices in December last year rose at a slower rate than during the previous month.

Written by Mark GarnerADNFCR-2002-ID-19558248-ADNFCR

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