Landlords have expressed confidence in the prospects for the buy-to-let property sector this year.
In a new survey by online letting agent Upad.co.uk, some 61 per cent of landlords said they feel more optimistic than they did last month.
Reasons for the increased confidence included rent increases due to low levels of supply and rises in the number of tenants looking for rented accommodation.
However, there are still some concerns surrounding government regulation and housing benefit payments.
Indeed, some 39 per cent of those questioned said they were worried about new and existing legislation affecting the buy-to-let sector.
Last month, FindaProperty.com revealed that average rents rose 0.7 per cent in March to £820 per calendar month.
This was the second consecutive monthly increase in rents, with the typical sum now £16 higher than in January.
However, monthly rents still remain six per cent, or £53, lower than in March 2008, when the market reached its peak.
Published on: April 22, 2010