Landlords and owners putting their homes on the market are being told to show off gardens in marketing photos as house-hunters search for space.

Pictures of the kitchen had previously been considered key to attracting the attention of browsers.

Lockdown has changed the priorities of buyers and renters, many of whom have been working from home, research by property portal Rightmove suggests.

Flats are the big losers, as indoor and outdoor space becomes a bigger draw.

Rightmove said that a studio flat was the most sought-after property type among renters in January, but by May - after the coronavirus lockdown - it had dropped out of the top five. A two-bedroom house is now the biggest attraction.

Flats have also dropped out of the top five wanted list among buyers, calculated from the number of enquiries per property of each type.

Many people would usually have been priced out of larger homes with big gardens, but indications suggest they are willing to accept a longer commute in order to cast the net wider for an affordable property.

The property market was effectively shut down for weeks owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the easing of restrictions in England in mid-May, property portals and estate agents have reported a surge in interest. Some believe the rebound will be short lived owing to inevitable economic pain which will follow the outbreak.