Private landlords may wish to heed the advice of the head of consulting at independent property investment consultancy Ducalian.

According to Timothy Lambert, anyone buying a home - whether it is to live in or the subject of a tenancy agreement - should conduct thorough research before parting with their money.

His advice follows similar guidance from Property Hawk website editor Chris Horne, who earlier this month suggested that the landlord-tenant relationship starts before a house is even bought because the investor should already know his target market.

Mr Lambert suggested this week that being prepared could ensure someone does not fall into negative equity later down the line.

"Use websites to see how much properties were bought and sold for, average values in particular roads and boroughs for example,"he advised, before adding that it is important to know about the surrounding area of any potential home.

Written by John Weeks

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