Latest figures from LSL Property Services indicate that there is an improving position for tenant arrears.
Tenant arrears fell to a new low of £227 million in March, or 10.1% of all rent.
The proportion was down from 11.2% at the turn of the year and at its lowest level since LSL began compiling the figures in 2008.
The firm's spokesman, David Brown, says: "We're not just seeing an improving picture for landlords - but tenants too."
He adds: "The performance of arrears was a surprise story of the recession, and they have exceeded expectations again in the first quarter of 2010."