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Property Advice

Nethouseprices are delighted to have partnered with Kate Faulkner, one of the UK’s top property experts, to bring you the best help and advice for your property project or help solving a problem.

Kate is the author of property books for Which? the consumer organisation and is regularly featured in the media, commentating on the property market and giving advice on every type of residential property project or problem.

Kate and her team at have sourced the very best companies and organisation to partner with to bring you independent, up to date advice and help. So whatever you need to know, they will have a checklist or article to help or you can even ask them for help directly through their Contact Us or Forum.

These Buy to Let quick checklist guides will help you through the property investment and management minefield!

  • How to secure the right mortgage – Mortgage Advice Bureau

    As you will know not all mortgages are the same so you need to find the right one to suit you and one of the best ways to do this is to work closely with a mortgage broker than knows which lenders to approach and while will meet the criteria you need, as well as hopefully offer a suitable mortgage rate. Getting the right mortgage is a key step to securing your first or next property, so read this checklist to make sure you know what questions you need to ask.

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  • First Time Buyer Quick Guide – Anthony Pepe

    Lots of people think they can’t afford to buy when they can and it’s all about making sure you know what to do and when. Local property research is key, so ignore the headlines on property prices and checkout what it’ll cost you to buy locally – or as near to where you’d like to live as possible. This guide explains the key things first time buyers need to know from help saving for a deposit, getting your legals in order and ensuring an independent survey takes place are all vital parts of buying a home…and remember don’t just budget for moving costs, budget for the costs of living in your new home too!

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  • Storing your belongings – Big Yellow

    Many landlords keep things like beds or spare sofas etc, just in case. So if you need to secure them safely, it’s worth having somewhere to keep them that’s safe, dry and free of damp and mould! Read this checklist as all storage areas are not the same, so it’s worth making sure you have the right place to keep your fixtures, fittings and furniture.

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  • How to organise and choose your removals – AnyVan

    As a landlord you may well need to move your belongings from property to property for tenants and if you do, this can be the ideal service for you as AnyVan allows you to request quotes to shift stuff from A to B instantly – often at great prices too! Take a look at this checklist and see if this is a great service to help you – and of course your tenants too!

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  • How do you chase rent arrears and is it worth chasing them? - Geldards

    If you decide to chase rent arrears, the first job is to calculate how much the tenant actually owes you. If your tenant is still in the property check if the arrears are just an oversight or whether the tenant needs financial help. If the latter, you may be able to help them claim any relevant benefits, which in turn will help them pay you your rent. Knowing whether to serve a Section 8 or 21 notice is essential and part of a legal expert’s job to do so. If you are short of time or haven’t done anything like this before, use a legal expert to go through the right procedures and consider using a tracing agent.

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  • How to evict a tenant – Landlord Action

    Evicting a tenant is never a nice thing to do and should be a last resort, but if you have to do it, it still needs to be done and done properly. For example, you need to be clear why you are evicting the tenant and make sure that it is for a valid reason and you can legally evict them as your own paperwork needs to be in order too. If you don’t, you may end up starting the eviction process, go to court only to find out that you’ve made a mess of the paperwork and have to start again. Read this guide so you have a good idea in minutes of what to do and who can help you.

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  • Tenancy Deposits – Tenancy Deposit Scheme

    Is your tenancy an 'Assured Shorthold Tenancy'? If so, your tenant’s deposit has to be protected in a government approved scheme. If you are a tenant, you should check that the deposit has been protected by your landlord or agent within 30 days of starting the tenancy. They should give you specific information such as a copy of the government’s ‘How to Rent’ guide and copies of certificates, or you may not be able to evict them. By protecting a deposit in one of these schemes it means that an impartial adjudicator will sort any disputes at the end of the tenancy and work out how much and if any money needs to be deducted from the tenant’s deposit.

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  • Legionnaires Disease – No Letting Go

    As of April 2014 landlords were advised to take action to reduce the risk of exposure of legionella to tenants. Under certain circumstances legionnaires can be deadly, so it is vital that landlords get these things right. Under the 2014 changes to Health & Safety Work Act the Landlord or Person in Control of the Premises must understand how to:
    1. Identify and assess sources of risk
    2. Manage any risks
    3. Prevent or control any risks
    4. Keep and maintain the correct records

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  • Electrical Safety for Landlords – Electrical Safety First

    As well as having a periodic electrical inspection every 5 years (in Scotland) and ideally in England, N.Ireland and Wales, there are plenty of jobs landlords need to do to improve the safety of the electrics in their property. Make sure your fusebox is fitted properly and not damaged, ensure you have a working residual current device and check that sockets aren't overloaded. Lastly, it's vital that you keep a record of electrical safety reports, appliance instructions and guarantees/warranties so that you have evidence the property is safe should anything go wrong.

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  • Inventory Checklist – Inventory Genius

    The first thing to decide when getting an inventory done is whether to do it yourself or employ someone to do it for you. If you do employ someone, ensure they have a robust method of carrying out the inventory and are ideally members of AICC or APIP. If you're doing the inventory yourself there are a lot of things you will need to check, from stains in the carpet to including the address on each page of the inventory paperwork. You will need to make sure the tenant signs each page to prove they have read it and carry out a check with the tenants present in case of disputes.

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