Private landlords with buy-to-let mortgages could save money by ensuring they conduct thorough research and take advice and services from the best suppliers, an industry expert has said.

Jaimie Kanwar, Bradford and Bingley's Property Woman of the Year 2008, says private landlords have no reason to be charged fees or commissions from financial advisers and letting agents.

She added that good letting agents will minimise void periods and argued that private landlords should also not accept demands for upfront payment for such services.

"If the investment proposition is a sound one there should be no reason to pay up front fees,"Ms Kanwar said.

The investment expert also commented that the best locations will invariably attract higher quality tenants, so landlords should research local markets thoroughly.

Her comments come after research by Paragon Mortgages found that the average number of properties in a landlord's portfolio increased from 12.1 to 13.2 during the third quarter of 2008.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19026008-ADNFCR

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