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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!

  • Buy to let insurance – Direct Line

    Know your tenant, check what cover you need and know the type of property when you sort out your buy to let insurance. Do you need cover for malicious damage? Rent cover? If you have more than one property should you get a multi policy? How long is the property covered for if left empty? Read this checklist so you know what you need cover the risks landlords have to take on a daily basis

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  • Choosing a letting agent – Belvoir

    First things first, only ever consider using a letting agent who are members of either NALS, SafeAgent or ARLA/RICS. It's then good practice to 'become a tenant' by googling 'renting a property' to see which agents are top. Use property portals to see which agents market similar properties to yours. This checklist will help make sure you choose the ‘good guys’ in the market that do their job well – and if they don’t you have an independent person to complain too!

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  • Renting by the Room – SpareRoom

    Renting out a room in your house can be a useful way of securing some extra income, whether you need just for some extra cash or intend to use the money to help with mortgage payments. You can earn up to £7,500 tax free from renting rooms in your home. There are few decisions you will need to make though before advertising any rooms.. Are you including all bills in the rent? How much will you charge for rent? You will also need to check if the property becomes an HMO if renting to more than two tenants. There are still legals you have to abide by and things like having an annual gas safety check is a must and protecting deposits you take in a government licensed scheme is essential or your tenants can sue you! Finally, it's important to make sure you secure the right landlord insurance, just in case! Read our guide and articles to help you know if renting a room is the right thing for you.

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  • Renting Quick Guide – Safe Agent

    Proper research is vital when deciding on the property you want to rent, you'll need to find a balance between what you like and what you can afford. Clearly the rental costs will be an important factor but you will also need to consider the agents/landlords fees, deposit and living costs. Ask to see the necessary safety certificates such as Gas, and the Energy Performance Certificate and if they are a good landlord/agent, they will also have an electrical safety certificate. Ensure you know which deposit scheme the landlord will be using and get your tenancy agreement checked over by a qualified legal expert, only sign it when you are clear on your rights and responsibilities. Don’t forget you’ll need contents insurance and to organise your change of address.

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  • Will your property deliver a retirement income? – Chase de Vere

    Do you know when you plan to retire? That’s one of the first things to decide if you want property to deliver a retirement income. What’s the value of your property portfolio? Gross income from rental properties? Have you taken tax into account? There are plenty of calculations to make to check if rents are a viable source of retirement income for you, but it’s essential with new tax changes introduced in 2015 such as stamp duty and mortgage interest relief to seek independent financial advice and this checklist explains why and how.

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  • Buy to Let Tax – Nicholsons

    As with all Buy to Let investments you need to be clear about what your objectives are and especially to make sure you're taxed correctly. This isn’t something you should do yourself, especially initially and if you get the right help, tax can be mitigated (depending upon your circumstances) and you will need to complete a tax return every year. A specialist property tax accountant will be able to advise on keeping your tax as low as possible and this checklist provides you a list of the details you will need to take with you for them to assess your tax liability.

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  • Why join a landlord association – Residential Landlords Association

    Joining a landlord association is essential for both landlords and your tenants. It shows a tenant that you as a landlord are legitimate and know the rules, so they can let through you safely. When choosing which association to join you need to be aware of what they offer in terms of information, support and training and what work they do to help support landlords when the government is looking to change legislation. Ideally make sure they have a free helpline and don’t fall for giving money to people who will ‘teach you’ to be a landlord, an organisation RLA costs less than £100 a year to join, but can easily save you thousands every year.

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  • 12 steps to letting success – easyProperty

    Letting isn’t as simple as ringing up a website and asking for your property to be listed. You need to advertise in the right place, choose the right, qualified agent and know your target market. It’s vital to know your legal obligations to make sure you don’t accidentally fall foul of landlord regulations. You also need to reference prospective tenants and ensure any deposit is protected through a government licensed deposit scheme. Read these 12 easy steps to ensure you let your property legally and successfully first time around!

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  • How to organise finance for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) – Brooklands

    Is a property you own an HMO? It probably is if there are 3 or more unrelated people living there as at least 2 separate households and they share basic amenities (Kitchen & Bathroom). HMOs range from houses split into separate bedsits to shared accommodation for students. When determining an HMO project location, look at the target market, transport links and supply and demand situation. In terms of finance you need to think about gross yield vs net yield and ask yourself is your broker FCA regulated, a full member of the NACFB and an experienced HMO landlord? Use our helpful guide to investigate the best way to secure finance for an HMO.

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  • Financing a Buy to Let – Coreco

    You need proper, expert advice when financing a Buy to Let investment, so don’t rely on web based research as most buy to let mortgages are only available through an experienced mortgage broker face to face. Is your broker a Buy to Let specialist? Do they know about Houses in Multiple Occupation? Bridging Finance and other help you might need? Do they understand what you need to do to make your property legally let and have case studies of other landlords they have helped?

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