Mortgage specialist Paragon is warning first time landlords of the need for professional advice.
Buy-to-let mortgages are rapidly increasing in popularity with many private investors jumping on the bandwagon.
But research conducted by the lender shows many of the new entrants are making the wrong decisions. It shows many fail to choose the right property in the right location or make their choice with the wrong letting considerations in mind.
It also suggests they fail to properly vet and select the right tenants. Paragon says new landlords have difficulty setting the right rent to suit local market conditions. To compound this many even have difficult physically collecting the rent.