Investors in the buy-to-let market must restyle their properties to meet the high demands of today's tenants, an expert has suggested.

Lucy Morton, president-elect of the Association of Residential Letting Agents, told the Times that the abundance of properties currently on offer means tenants are now in a position to expect more for their money.

Landlords whose houses are "too dowdy and unfashionable", or who charge excessive rates, will therefore struggle to find tenants, she suggested.

She claimed that 35 per cent of properties on the market in Central London do not reach the standards expected by tenants, while one in five are "simply not lettable".

"These properties will continue to be empty until they have been refurbished to the high standards expected by tenants,"Mrs Morton said.

Landlords must be able to offer clean and well-presented homes at competitive prices in order to ensure success, the report adds.

According to Assetz News, location is also an important factor in succeeding in the buy-to-let market, with good transport links and employment opportunities a top priority.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18917495-ADNFCR

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