Michael O’Flynn, Director at FindaProperty.com, said: "Tenants are aware of their strong position and have been quick to take advantage of it. The oversupply of rental property on the market means that they are happy to look elsewhere if landlords refuse to negotiate on the asking rent, but landlords’ biggest fear is void periods, so many are prepared to do deals now when they would have refused a year ago.
"Tenants may not be calling the shots for too much longer, however, as rental supply declined in June 2009 for the second month, although it still remains 68.4% higher than in June 2008."
Despite their determination to negotiate rent reductions, tenants were less bold in requesting that landlords pay for "extras" such as council tax and utility bills.
Just a quarter of tenants would feel confident asking for these to be included, and only 14% would feel confident asking for satellite TV or broadband.
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