- Series: Landlording
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Express; 11th Edition edition (September 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0932956335
- ISBN-13: 978-0932956330
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Landlording: A Handymanual for Scrupulous Landlords and Landladies Who Do It Themselves Paperback – September 16, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm pretty new to managing rental properties, and this book has been extremely useful. The author is very straightforward, and a little humorous.
This book covers all of the important aspects of being a landlord; there are chapters on: basic landlording stuff, taking over as the new owner, advertising, getting good tenants, choosing a rental agreement, rents, keeping good tenants, helping tenants move out, dealing wit problem tenants, handling problems, renting to lodgers, legal matters, decisions (should you do it yourself/rent it furnished/rent to roommates/allow waterbeds,/allow pets, etc, etc), hiring help, Section 8 Housing, increasing income & lowering expenses, insurance, safety, keeping records, taxes, computers, "potpourri" (divorce or separation, death of a tenant, lease termination, house rules, etc, etc).
The book includes MANY forms, a ton of (detailed) "sources and resources" listed, and even a bunch of (cartoon) friendly rent reminders (although the style is outdated).
This book is thick with useful information. It has helped me feel much more confident in what I'm doing, and I feel less overwhelmed. The tone of the writing makes you feel like you already "fit in" with other landlords. Sometimes I feel like I am dealing with something totally new (like, OH NO, my tenant's rent has not arrived, but maybe it really DID get lost in the mail...?) and then I'll read from Landlording, and I feel like I actually knew the answer all along.Read more ›
Great ideas on how to help keep your investment properties up to date without dumping a lot of money into a house that a tenant will never take care of the way an owner does.
I would strongly recommend it.
When I did come across the book I started reading Landlording, I realized I missed a step in the rental properties game....that was getting Landlording before I started. I could not believe how much time and effort and frustration would have been saved had I found Landlording before I started.
Robinson provides in depth information that is thorough but easy to assimilate. The easy presentation and common sense approach to screening tenants, rental contracts, evictions, maintenance procedures and recommendations were all so very helpful. Looking at the others on the market I found Landlording was hands down the best.
Using the Landlording guidelines for an experienced rental property manager or owner would surely be a great source of reference and for nubies in the biz I can not say enough good about how beneficial a book like this can be. I regret not having found the book sooner.
Landlording has my highest recommendation. It's the best.
Maybe this makes it easier to read for some, to me it was a complete waste of my time. Get Every Landlord's Legal Guide from Nolo Press if you want the information and legal forms without the fluff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Must for landlord. Excellent and comical relief from the strains of being a landlord.Published 17 months ago by Annie M.
Helpful book. Lots of great information and all the forms you need to be a proactive landlordPublished 20 months ago by Mikeb437
As a retiree I became a landlord as that's what I had planned so I could support us when I was too old to work for a living. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Reginald A. White
Must read for inexperienced landlords. Lots of great info. Can't recommend buying the forms on CD. Old formats and very buggy on a Mac.Published on May 23, 2014 by Robert D. Spanagel
We used this book 10 years ago when we became landlords. My wife bought it for a friend who just became a landlord. Extremely helpful, great ideas, practical and legal matters. Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by Beth Cullitan
I am a first time land lord. I like the book. it is not perfect, but I fill in the gaps with internet research. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by RK
It is a great book for new landlords some good insights and advise. Lots of premade forms that can be easily adapted to any style.Published on November 5, 2013 by Larry