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First-Time Landlord: Your Guide to Renting Out a Single-Family Home

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  • Posted September 18, 2009

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    A good book with a wrong title

    "First-Time Landlord: Renting out a Single-Family Home" is a good book with a wrong title. It covers the general process and things that a landlord needs to be aware of. The information applies to all rentals, not just for a Single-Family Home. Condos and townhouses may have some special rules (HOA, CC &R, etc.), but this could have been easily covered in an additional chapter, and make the book much more useful.

    It includes 11 chapters:

    Is Owning Rental Property for You?
    So Happy Together: Landlording with Family or Friends
    Preparing and Marketing Your Rental Property
    Screening and Choosing Good Tenants
    Preparing a Lease and Getting the Tenant Moved In
    Manage Your Rental Income to Maximize tax Deductions
    Keeping Things Shipshape: Repair and Maintenance
    Landlord Liability for Injuries, Crime and More
    Living in Perfect harmony? Dealing with Difficult Tenants
    Don't Want to Do It Alone? Hiring a Property Manager
    Ready to Quit? Existing the Rental Property Business

    This book gives you general information on rental property. It may be more helpful if it can give some sample lease, or other standard forms for a landlord to cover the basic of rental agreement, etc. In many states, you can also buy standard lease agreement to modify for your use.

    If I am a landlord, I'll like to have general information but I also want the book to be practical and helpful and solve my problems. I'll NOT re-invent a lease agreement based on the info of this book. I'll buy a standard lease agreement and modify it for use. It may be helpful for the book to include the links to buy these standard forms. I agree with another reviewer that Craig's list is one of the most effective tools to advertise your rentals.

    Overall, "First-Time Landlord: Renting out a Single-Family Home" is a good book that can help a potential landlord. It gives you general knowledge but can be improved to be more practical and helpful.

    Gang Chen, President, ArchiteG, Inc.
    AIA, LEED AP, Real Estate Broker (DRE# 01232392)
    Bestselling Author of books on LEED, Architecture and Landscape

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Not what I was expecting.

    After reading it I did not get some of the answers that I had questions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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