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Every Landlord's Legal Guide 9th Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1413308563
ISBN-10: 1413308562
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This is a practical, well-organized manual for how to be a good landlord and avoid some of the pitfalls of owning rental property. Sample leases and rental agreements, information about liability, discrimination, repairs, and maintenance, and how to deal with problem tenants fairly and legally are all contained in here. Maybe if more landlords read this book, more tenants would feel like they and the owner are not intrinsic adversaries. Even though we get along quite well, and have for the last 22 years, I lent my copy to my landlord--for the other tenants' sakes! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This new title is a thorough and pragmatic examination of the legal issues that confront landlords of residential real property. In 17 chapters, it covers such topics as rent, discrimination, working with property managers, landlord liability, tenants, privacy rights, and security deposits. The chapters summarize the law and explain it with true-to-life illustrations. Icons are used to point out a practical tip, a question that might need a lawyer's interpretation, or an instance in which a rent-control ordinance might apply. The book is liberally sprinkled with sample agreements, letters, and lists of specific state requirements with regard to landlord/tenant laws. Forms to help with rent applications, tenant references, security deposit itemization, and safety and maintenance updates, to name a few, appear in print at the end of the book and on an accompanying 3.5" DOS-based computer disk. Every Landlord's Legal Guide makes plain the important legal concepts and provides real guidance for landlords. Recommended for most public libraries.?Joan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, N.Y.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 9th edition (April 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413308562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413308563
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CAVEAT for NY & CA landlords, February 12, 2005

Reviewer: AlexandriaPhilo "Cinelog" (Berkeley, CA United States) - See all my reviews

If you own in New York or California you will want to buy the editions specific for those states. I live in California and almost goofed and bought this edition.

More info is available at the Nolo site at nolo.com
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By A Customer on January 8, 2002
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If you can only purchase one book about rental properties, get this one! It is well-written, well-organized, and worth the price. I purchased this book at a point of peak frustration after making some costly and discouraging rental mistakes. This book has been immensely helpful in turning things around for me; it has saved me time, money, and headaches.
As a beginning landlord, I cannot recommend this book highly enough!!
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This is the only book you need! It is incredibly easy to use and covers everything from rental agreements, to liability and discrimination, to maintenance, to evictions. It really leaves nothing out. The best part is the included CD-ROM which has all of the forms you'll need in an easy-to-fill-in format.
I own five properties and thanks to Every Landlord's Legal Guide I have learned how to legally protect myself and have consequently avoided countless expensive lawsuits. This book could end up saving you thousands!
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If you only wanted to buy one book to help you get going in landlording, this is the one. It covers all the legal considerations you need to be aware of as a landlord including differences in state laws and the legal forms you need. In so doing, it covers most of the landlording issues that other books do since, really, most of them boil down to legal issues.

The state-by-state legal differences were particularly useful so I could craft my lease and properly follow the letter of the law. With just a generic how-to-landlord book, I'm not sure what I would have done. I probably wouldn't have been as aware as I should have about my local laws. And, bonus, the book is clear and easy to read.
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I currently manage 16 of my own properties, I use this book weekly. It helps with a quick reference, just to make sure your not stepping over any legal boundaries, and it makes a great handbook for the more detailed and serious problems that seem to come hand in hand with Landlording. I recommend buying the version with the disc. The forms are in Microsoft Word format, and a little crude to edit, but I use them often and have built some of my standard forms from the ones they provide.
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If you are planning to become a landlord, buy this essential book before you purchase a rental property or hang that "For Rent" sign in front of your house. A healthy dose of legal reality will counterbalance any easy money ideas you may have and help you decide whether the work and risk involved in being a landlord is how you would like to make money. The legal concepts you learn may even influence which properties you buy and how you maintain them.

If you are already a landlord, keep this book at your finger tips. The information is well organized and easy to find for quick reference. Legal concepts are presented in plain language and illustrated with scenarios showing how the concepts might play out in real life.

The authors make dry legal topics as interesting as possible. Add the urgency of knowing a legal misstep could land you on the wrong side of a lawsuit, and you will find yourself eagerly turning these pages!
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By A Customer on November 27, 2002
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This is the best landlord book! You have to get it. The CD ROM contains everything I use to manage my properties and be a good landlord. It makes property management and landlording so rewarding and easy than any person could succeed at it if they follow this book's guidelines.
I own 3 properties so far and this book has made my success possible!
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This book gives you a good first overview, but you absolutely have to get a book on your state's regulations as well, especially if you live in a highly regulated state like Massachusetts. This book for example only gives you a vague idea on how to handle the security deposit, but Massachusetts state law is very specific and not following the rules precisely may cost you the deposit plus penalties.
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