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Landlording: A Handymanual for Scrupulous Landlords and Landladies Who Do It Themselves Paperback – September 16, 2010

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Product Details

  • 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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By E. Kerby on December 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I originally borrowed this book from the library, but it was SO helpful that I decided to buy a copy. I will review the book, and then I will post the book's Preface to the Eleventh Edition, in case anyone wants to know what is new.

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(detailed) "sources and resources" listed, and even a bunch of (cartoon) friendly rent reminders (although the style is outdated).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.
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Initially, I got this book for information on screening tenants and filling out rental agreements, but through reading I've discovered a lot of crucial information I hadn't previously considered. This is the perfect book for anybody considering purchasing rental property or who is actively in the business. It is written simply in a very readable prose style explaining carefully all the advantages and disadvantages of owning and managing rental property. No legalese, just good writing, sound advice, and indispensable rental forms for all situations.
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I gave away this book when I got out of the rental business over 18 years ago.However this economy now gets me back into renting my previous home instead of selling, and managing another purchased rental. I was so happy when I found the updated version on Amazon. GREAT book and it has many forms with clauses that we don't think of including. Renters still try to get over on us, but this book makes you aware of the tricks to protect yourself and your property. 5*
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I like the forms that are in this book. They are out dated, but a great basis for making up your own "legal" forms. I repurchased this book for my fiancé who is land lording one house he owns. I used it several years ago when I was the land lady for two houses. I copied forms directly from the pages and used them for a complete eviction process. All the forms were easily accepted by local law enforcement and the courts.
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.
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Great book for all who are thinking on become landlords. Many tips to avoid problems with tenants and collect rents in a succesfull way. Also how to make small repairs and save money.
I would strongly recommend it.
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I started rental properties before I found Landlording by Leigh Robinson.
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.

C.DeRego
Capt. ret.
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By RAZ on March 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought Landlording specifically because of the glowing reviews given to earlier editions. I will admit, most of the advice appears good, but 70% of this book is cutesy stories and comments. Hint, you can judge this book by the cover...
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.
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