Landlord investment in residential property has increased over the last three months despite a slight decrease in tenant demand, according to new research.

The research carried out by ARLA suggests that the proportion of landlords who are currently increasing their net investment in the private rental sector has risen - indicating that rental property is still perceived as a safe investment amidst ongoing financial instability.

In addition to more landlords buying properties, the proportion of landlords selling their properties is also down incrementally on the previous quarter, from 15% to 14%, also indicating sector confidence.

Despite this positive investment it appears that tenant demand has weakened slightly in the second quarter. 54% of respondents said that there are more tenants than properties, a decrease from the 57% seen in the first quarter.

Overall, this research shows rental properties are still seen as a good investment option, despite the challenging economic climate. The slight slowing in tenant demand is worth noting, but the overall trend is still a continued appetite for rental homes.

If you are planning to let out additional properties or are a landlord looking at changing your portfolio it is essential to do plenty of research and consult with experts. It is vital to ensure your investment is properly protected.

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