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Every Landlord's Legal Guide: Leases & Rental Agreements, Deposits, Rent Rules, Liability, Discrimination, Property Managers, Privacy, Repairs & Maintenance, Evictions [Paperback]

Marcia Stewart , Janet Portman , Ralph Warner , Ralph E. Warner


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Nolo; 3rd Bk&Dsk edition (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873374711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873374712
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.3 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg

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Anyone who has ever been a landlord knows that the rental business is tightly regulated. As the authors of Every Landlord's Legal Guide point out, "a landlord either knows and follows the law or doesn't stay in business long." This book clearly outlines what the law requires of a landlord and, just as importantly, offers advice on how to be conscientious yet profitable. This useful book is filled with helpful information on finding good tenants, agreements and leases, liability issues, and even terminations and evictions. The advice is extremely thorough. For example, the chapter on the landlord's maintenance duties contains information on who is responsible for minor repairs, ways to avoid problems by instituting a preventive-maintenance program, and even possible tenant responses to landlord negligence. The book is rounded out with a chapter on finding a lawyer and an appendix of state laws that may affect your business. Dozens of sample forms are included both as blank hard copies in the book and as templates on the enclosed disk. This book is extremely user-friendly: Stilted legalese is translated into simple English, handy icons highlight particular points in the text, and sidebars provide in-depth analysis on a variety of issues. The authors maintain that success is based on "choosing tenants carefully, keeping good tenants happy, teaching mediocre tenants how to improve and getting rid of bad tenants by applying policies that are strict, fair and legal." This book will help you do just that. --C.B. Delaney

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't recommend this book ENOUGH! March 3 2000
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This book has helped through every step of buying my first investment property. It's like having your own professional standing over your shoulder, reminding you about every detail of every step. The section on insurance alone is completely priceless, pointing out that a landlord needs not just property loss coverage but also personal liability. And not just physical liability, but coverage of potential slander, libel, discrimination, unlawful eviction, invasion of privacy suits... And don't forget loss of rents! It's that kind of detail that maybe someone who's done this before would call 'basic.' But I admit: I am no pro, yet when I called an insurance agent and explained what I wanted coverage for, he said to me,
56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for. Encompassing, but not vague. Oct. 29 1999
By James W. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Very Good. The author has done a great job of discussing many legal pitfalls of rental property, and how to avoid them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming a landlord. The book provides everything from preventive measures when screening prospective tenants, to keeping good tenants, to removing poor tenants. It explores the many rights and responsibilities you have as a landlord. Explinations of laws are written in a no nonsence format. A Must Have.
55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't recommend this book ENOUGH!!! Feb. 27 2001
By Po - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has helped through every step of buying my first investment property. It's like having your own professional standing over your shoulder, reminding you about every detail of every step. The section on insurance alone is completely priceless, pointing out that a landlord needs not just property loss coverage but also personal liability. And not just physical liability, but coverage of potential slander, libel, discrimination, unlawful eviction, invasion of privacy suits... And don't forget loss of rents! It's that kind of detail that maybe someone who's done this before would call 'basic.' But I admit: I am no pro, yet when I called an insurance agent and explained what I wanted coverage for, he said to me, "Um, you've done this before, haven't you?" Thank you, nolo!
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Landlord Should Be Without This Guide! March 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is fantastic for the experienced, as well as the inexperienced landlord. It sets out in plain English some of the common legal pitfalls landlords run into and how to avoid them. The books cites examples - some quite frightening - of how these pitfalls occur and the appropriate action to take. The book clearly outlines the differences in particular laws between the states. It explains all aspects of landlord law from finding goods tenants to dismissing bad tenants. The book makes a great desk reference and it's cheaper than a lawyer!
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very informative and helpful book. June 4 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellenct source for anyone who intends to be a landlord. It provides detailed information on all aspects of renting out your home, including common mistakes to avoid. The forms in the back are especially helpful. If you have a personal computer, get the edition that comes with a disk. That way you can fill out all the necessary forms quickly and without hassles. We lent our copy to my brother, and now we have to order another copy for ourselves because he doesn't want to give it back!

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