Gift Guide

Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies [NOOK Book]


Learn to:

  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of residential landlords
  • Get up to speed on residential property law
  • Grasp tenant rights and avoid legal ramifications from renters

Your go-to guide to residential rental law

Success as a landlord means more than finding residents, collecting rent, and performing repairs and maintenance....

See more details below
Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$19.49 price
(Save 44%)$34.99 List Price
Note: This NOOK Book can be purchased in bulk. Please email us for more information.


Learn to:

  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of residential landlords
  • Get up to speed on residential property law
  • Grasp tenant rights and avoid legal ramifications from renters

Your go-to guide to residential rental law

Success as a landlord means more than finding residents, collecting rent, and performing repairs and maintenance. Based on expert, hands-on experience, this friendly guide leads you through the legal minefield of owning and managing residential rental properties so you can comply with federal, state, and local laws—and steer clear of costly consequences.

  • The keys to success — get started with the fundamentals, from protecting your legal assets and insuring your new property to hiring—or firing—a property manager
  • Take on new residents — grasp the legal aspects of advertising, set your property’s rents, approve or reject applicants, and compose your lease or rental agreement
  • Honor your duties — maintain habitable housing, minimize injuries, eliminate hazardous environmental conditions, and protect residents and workers from criminal acts
  • The Tax Man — get up to speed on current tax laws, keep track of income and expenses, maximize deductions to minimize taxes, and keep impeccable financial records
  • Learn about leases — find out how to handle cotenancies, sublets, and assignments, as well as ways to terminate leases by legal means

Open the book and find:

  • Contracts, forms, and other documents
  • How to avoid and protect against claims commonly filed against landlords
  • Legal obligations that landlords need to uphold for their residents
  • The lowdown on the Fair Housing Act
  • Applicant screening questionnaires and antidiscrimination policies
  • How to handle breach of lease situations and evictions
  • Ways to establish a security deposit policy
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118775110
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/2/2014
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 393,402
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Laurence C. Harmon, JD, is the CEO of HARMONLAW LLC, specializing in apartment-related legal and property management consulting.

Robert S. Griswold, MBA, MSBA, is a successful real estate investor and property manager with a large portfolio of residential and commercial rental properties.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with Landlording Fundamentals 5

Chapter 1: Grasping the Legal Fundamentals of Managing Residential Rentals 7

Chapter 2: Protecting Your Legal Assets 23

Chapter 3: Taking Possession of a Rental Property 41

Chapter 4: Hiring a Property Manager 59

Part II: Advertising and Taking on New Residents Legally  75

Chapter 5: Getting the Lowdown on Fair Housing 77

Chapter 6: Exploring the Legal Aspects of Advertising 99

Chapter 7: Addressing the Legalities of Rent Collection and Rent Control 111

Chapter 8: Screening Applicants: Knowing When to Approve or Reject Them 137

Chapter 9: Composing Your Rental Contract 153

Chapter 10: Establishing a Security Deposit Policy 185

Chapter 11: Moving in a New Resident 201

Part III: Recognizing Your Responsibilities and Liabilities  221

Chapter 12: Repairing and Maintaining the Premises 223

Chapter 13: Minimizing Injuries from Potentially Dangerous Conditions 245

Chapter 14: Preventing and Eliminating Hazardous Environmental Conditions 259

Chapter 15: Protecting Residents and Workers from Criminal Acts 277

Chapter 16: Understanding Resident Privacy and Your Right to Enter the Premises 297

Chapter 17: Resolving Landlord-Resident Disputes 309

Part IV: Changing and Ending Leases  321

Chapter 18: Handling Cotenancies, Sublets, Assignments, and Guests 323

Chapter 19: Revising and Terminating Rental Contracts 331

Chapter 20: Moving a Resident Out 349

Part V: The Part of Tens  357

Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Staying Out of Legal Trouble 359

Chapter 22: Ten (or So) Tips for Being a Better Landlord 365

Index  371

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)