Private landlords are providing a necessary service for people who are struck by the current economic crisis, it has been claimed.

According to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (Arla), the majority of buy-to-let investors plan to hold on to their property investments for the foreseeable future.

Nearly 90 per cent of landlords do not intend to sell in the next 12 months, with some expecting to go the next 20 years without offloading their houses.

As a result, they are helping to guarantee the growth of the private rented sector, with their services all the more important in light of the financial downturn, according to Ian Potter, head of operations for Arla.

"These are the people who provide the housing solutions for those hit by the current recession and in to the future,"he insisted.

Private landlords looking to continue their success in the rented sector in the new year were recently advised by the National Landlords Association that making their properties more energy-efficient could help to attract more interest from tenants.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18971469-ADNFCR

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