First-Time Landlord by Janet Portman
Renting Out a Single-Family Home

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Whether or not you call yourself a "landlord", when you rent out a house you'll want to do it right!

The "Landlording 101" course for new rental property owners who are first-time landlords by way of an inheritance, divorce, investment, purchase for a family member, or a move to a new house. 90% of small properties are owned by individual landlords, and millions in this group are balancing their landlord responsibilities with their daytime careers.

First - Time Landlord provides concise information for those with little business savvy and less time and patience to become big-time real estate investors, but who wish to make money on their new property while renting it out lawfully and right! It covers:

How to determine whether or not the property will turn a profit
Landlord business basics
Finding good tenants
Preparing and signing a lease
Handling Repairs
Complying with applicable rental laws
Dealing with problem tenants
Preparing for sale of property

Containing tips, true stories, and shared first-time experiences, First - Time Landlord is an indispensable book for the new landlords of today's dominant rental housing market.

About Janet Portman

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As Nolo's managing editor, 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: Rights and Responsibilities, 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. Stewart has been a Nolo editor and author since 1989, writing and editing 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. She has edited dozens of Nolo books, including How to Buy a House in California, Nolo's LeaseWriter Plus software for landlords, and Parent Savvy. Michael Molinski is a veteran writer, spending 15 years as a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent at Bloomberg News, CBS MarketWatch and United Press International. Molinski later founded a business communications company and helped found a strategy research firm. He is the author and co-author of several books about small business and entrepreneurship. Molinski makes his home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Published February 27, 2009 by NOLO. 336 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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