Lettings bodies have welcomed the government's announcement to extend Green Deal finance to all landlords and tenants in England, Wales and Scotland.
With over a quarter of retired households across the UK now renting, a leading figure in the lettings sector wants better landlords, longer-term tenancies and improved management services to encourage still more retirees to quit owning.
Letting agency Carter Jonas is reminding landlords of what it calls the silent killer which leads to the deaths of 50 people in the UK each year, many of them in the PRS.
Some 56 per cent of buy-to-let landlords and property investors live within 10 miles of their rental properties according to analysis of 50,000 units by Countrywide Residential Lettings.
London may routinely win the dubious race to be the most expensive place in the world to buy a home but when it comes to rental property, it comes only fifth.
More people are now living in the private rented sector than in social housing, according to the latest English Housing Survey 2012-13.
After a prolonged period of sustained rental increases, average rents are now starting to fall in some areas of the UK.