Britons looking to secure a landlord tenancy in the current climate have been advised to dress to impress.

According to a News of the World report, letting agents typically have a choice of three or four potential tenants for every property available on behalf of private landlords.

The article said tenants should dress smartly and treat meetings with letting agents "like a job interview".

Furthermore, they should ensure they have no credit history problems and have references needed for tenancy agreements available to hand.

"If they [letting agents] have two or three people after the same property, they are going to recommend the tenant they think is the most reliable and will look after the property,"the report added.

To maintain good relationships with their landlord, tenants should pay their rent on time and keep in regular contact over issues which could affect the tenancy agreement.

The government's tenancy deposit scheme has meant that problematic issues between landlords and tenants are usually resolved quickly, Deposit Protection Service director Kevin Fifth recently commented.

He added that the number of disputes between landlords and tenants since the new tenancy deposit scheme legislation became effective has been "relatively small".ADNFCR-2002-ID-18980597-ADNFCR

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