Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants

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The only book devoted to the most important decision a landlord can make!Landlords face many challenges, but choosing new tenants has the greatest potential to affect ...
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Overview

The only book devoted to the most important decision a landlord can make!Landlords face many challenges, but choosing new tenants has the greatest potential to affect your bottom line. Fortunately, Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants can help! Let this book guide you through the process of attracting, screening and choosing the best renters possible.

It covers:
*effective advertising
*phone screening
*presenting the unit
*evaluating applications
*examining credit reports
*checking references
*discrimination basics
*making a rental offer
*rejecting applicants
*and much more

Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants provides dozens of forms and checklists for every step, with easy instructions to fill them out.
Plus: The included CD-ROM provides invaluable audio dialogues that show how to conduct interviews and get the information you need without running afoul of the law.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"At last, the long-needed, ultra-complete guidebook every residential landlord should have to find and select quality tenants." Robert Bruss, syndicated real estate columnist

"Pairs business and legal advice for those who own or manage rental property.... Helps readers with everything from conducting an open house to screening tenants without engaging in discrimination." Library Journal

"Offers balanced advice on the topic, shedding light on both the legal and practical aspects of finding great tenants." Los Angeles Times

"Covering all the angles, this book is a must read for landlords before handing out the keys to their investment." Helene Lesel, syndicated real estate columnist


Rent.com
"How you choose your tenants is one of your most important decisions. Here's an extensive and helpful reference book."
Library Journal
Nolo's successful formula for creating law books for lay audiences combines user-friendly formatting and attorney authors with intuitive organizational schemes. Nolo books include information on variances in the laws from state to state, and readers can go to the publisher's web site to learn about changes in the law. Typically, there are abundant lists of additional resources and appendixes or accompanying CD-ROMs with self-help forms or checklists. These three new titles exemplify these traits. With Divorce, attorney and mediator Doskow covers the before, during, and after of divorce, counseling readers on the types of divorces, how to make decisions about living arrangements and the division of property, and how custody decisions are made. She advocates minimizing conflict but includes sections on domestic violence and kidnapping if the worst happens. Appendixes contain state-to-state grounds for divorce and financial inventory forms. Federal Employment Laws, published in cooperation with the Society for Human Resource Management, is designed as a tool for human resources officers. Organized in chapters by the 20 most important federal employment laws, it covers such issues as discrimination, disabilities, workplace safety, and equal pay. Employment law specialists Guerin and DelPo provide an overview of the intent and application of each statute and explain how it is enforced. Compliance sections in each chapter help employers understand what they must report, the records they must keep, and what penalties might befall them if they fail to comply. There are extensive lists of contacts for applicable government agencies. In Finding Great Tenants, landlord/tenant lawyer Portman pairs business and legal advice for those who own or manage rental property. She helps readers with everything from conducting an open house to screening tenants without engaging in discrimination. Portman covers the legalities involved in obtaining credit, criminal background, and Megan's Law reports. Her advice on negotiating with tenants and evaluating applications and credit reports will be particularly useful to new landlords. An accompanying CD-ROM includes 40 common forms of agreement or correspondence. All three titles are available as e-books and are recommended for public libraries.-Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach, PLLC, Rochester, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Los Angeles Times
Offers balanced advice on the topic, shedding light on both the legal and practical aspects of finding great tenants.
Rent.com
How you choose your tenants is one of your most important decisions. Here's an extensive and helpful reference book.
RussWhitney.com
Includes sample scripts to help you learn what to say and not to say, in particular when handling objections, avoiding discriminatory statements, and dealing with questions about competing properties.
Tom Kelly
Janet Portman is an effective, lucid communicator whose latest work is an understandable, thorough roadmap for landlords -- and for tenants looking to get a leg up on the competition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413318920
  • Publisher: Nolo
  • Publication date: 7/29/2013
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 559,061
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

As Nolo's managing editor, Janet 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 Tenant's Legal GuideRenters' Rights, Leases & Rental AgreementsThe California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities and others. A nationally syndicated columnist with Inman News, Portman's column, "Rent It Right," appears regularly in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and other prominent newspapers and websites. 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.

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Table of Contents

1 Choosing Good Tenants Makes Good Business Sense
2 Complying With Discrimination Laws
3 How to Deal With Current Tenants—Before You Look for New Ones
4 How to Advertise Effectively Identify your market
5 How Should You Show Your Rental?
6 Preparing Your Rental Application and Screening Materials
7 Fielding Initial Questions and Phone Screening
8 Prepare Your Rental for an Open House or Showing
9 Face to Face: Showing the Rental and Negotiating withProspective Tenants
10 Evaluating Rental Applications
11Checking Applicants’ Credit Reports
12 Checking Landlord, Employer, and Personal References
13 Checking Applicants’ Criminal Backgrounds Your qualified legal right to reject tenants with criminal backgrounds
14 How to Choose and Work With aTenant-Screening Agency
15 Choosing Your New Tenant
16 How to Reject—What to Say, What to Write
Appendix
How to Use the Forms
Index

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