According to research by buy to mortgage specialist The Paragon Group into landlords’ 2011 views and planned behaviour shows that 71% of landlords are optimistic about the prospects for their portfolios during the forthcoming year due to a range of factors.

Paragon’s study showed that over half of landlords (54%) said they were optimistic about tenant demand during the year, with 48% stating that stable interest rates will be a key positive in 2011. Meanwhile, the ability to increase rents was cited as a major reason to be optimistic by 30% of landlords, whilst landlords were also pleased with the wider availability of buy-to-let mortgage finance  and the easing of mortgage lenders’ criteria .