Synopses & Reviews
The best, most effective way to make and save money as a landlord is to keep up with the law, so turn to Every Landlord's Legal Guide
, which gives you the legal and practical solutions you need to rent your residential property right. From move-in to move-out, this book covers a wide range of issues, including fair housing, repairs, sublets, screening for good tenants, and environmental hazards such as mold and bed bugs (yes, bed bugs). With handy 50-state charts listing specific laws for each state, this complete resource will help you avoid hassles and headaches — not to mention legal fees.
From fair housing to security deposits and more, Nolo's bestselling book Every Landlord's Legal Guide helps you:
- screen and choose tenants
- prepare leases and rental agreements
- collect and returning deposits
- avoid discrimination charges
- keep up with repairs and maintenance
- hire the right property manager
- minimize your liability
- deal with problem tenants
Every Landlord's Legal Guide provides over 30 forms you'll need, including leases and rental agreements. This edition is completely revised with the latest in the law, plus explanations of new federal rules affecting foreclosed properties and new information on security deposits in your state.
Are you a landlord in California? Check out The California Landlord's Law Book.
"Complete, detailed, accurate, practical, easy-to-understand and superb....Every residential landlord in all 50 states should be required to read this outstanding book and to keep it handy for reference." Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Marcia Stewart writes and edits books on landlord-tenant law, real estate, and other consumer issues. She is the co-author of First-Time Landlord, Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Leases and Rental Agreements,
and Renters' Rights
Widely recognized as a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, Ralph "Jake" Warner founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1972. He began publishing do-it-yourself law books written by him and his colleagues after numerous publishers rejected them. Warner holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.
As Nolo's managing editor, Janet Portman oversees editorial work on all Nolo books. She specializes in residential and commercial landlord/tenant law, legal issues related to courts, landlords and tenants, and neighbor disputes. She is the author or co-author of Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Renters' Rights, Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business, Leases & Rental Agreements, The California Landlord's Law Book and California Tenants' Rights. Portman received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. Before joining Nolo in 1994, she practiced law as a public defender.
Table of Contents
1. Screening Tenants: Your Most Important Decision
2. Preparing Leases and Rental Agreements
3. Basic Rent Rules
4. Security Deposits
6. Property Managers
7. Getting the Tenant Moved In
8. Cotenants, Sublets, and Assignments
9. Landlord’s Duty to Repair and Maintain the Premises
10. Landlord’s Liability for Tenant Injuries From Dangerous Conditions
11. Landlord’s Liability for Environmental Health Hazards
12. Landlord’s Liability for Criminal Activity
13. Landlord’s Right of Entry and Tenants’ Privacy
14. Ending a Tenancy
15. Returning Security Deposits and Other Move-Out Issues
16. Problems With Tenants: How to Resolve
17. Terminations and Evictions
18. Lawyers and Legal Research
State Landlord-Tenant Law Charts
How to Use the Landlord Forms Library