Private landlords may find that purchasing buy-to-let property will be "an excellent long-term investment".

However, sector experts Clarity Commercial believe private landlords must use the right methods when buying new homes.

Prior to tenancy agreements being agreed there are various issues to consider, according to manager of the company Chris Jenkins.

"Before anyone invests they need to work out what they want from their investment in the first place - capital growth, cash flow, property for children at university, etc,"he remarked.

Mr Jenkins also suggested that the next steps are to identify a location, the finance they can achieve on the investment and the current rental demand.

Association of Residential Letting Agents figures from last month indicated that 8.2 per cent of its members reported that landlords were buying more properties in the opening three months of this year - a 4.7 per cent increase on the final quarter of 2008.

Written by Daniel Burgess

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