Statistics released earlier this week by easyroommate.co.uk, said the number of tenant evictions in the private residential rental sector declined 11% over the last 12 months.
But Landlord Assist believes that in its experience landlords were still facing growing arrears and subsequently tenant evictions were on the increase.
Graham Kinnear, MD of Landlord Assist said: "We are baffled by these latest figures as it is our firm understanding that the level of evictions has risen. Our caseload increased significantly throughout 2009 and we struggle to believe this is purely as a result of our increased market share in the sector.
"Furthermore there is also evidence that rental arrears have actually been growing in the UK with a survey published recently by the National Landlords’ Association suggesting that nearly 45% of landlords have struggled to get payments from their tenants."
Stephen Parry, Commercial Director at Landlord Assist, said: "While some may argue that landlords are showing leniency to their tenants and offering payment alternatives to those struggling to avoid a potential void, this is not our experience.
"We are seeing landlords keener than ever to obtain the rent or evict the tenant. In most cases they have a mortgage to sustain and a limited reserve of spare money. Landlords simply can’t afford to have tenants who don’t pay."
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