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Every landlord's legal guide, Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner & Janet Portman

Label
Every landlord's legal guide
Title
Every landlord's legal guide
Statement of responsibility
Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner & Janet Portman
Title variation
Landlord's legal guide
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A reference for residential landlords shares comprehensive guidelines for saving money and maintaining legal requirements, providing coverage of everything from screening tenants to hiring a property manager
Cataloging source
DLC
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Stewart, Marcia
Dewey number
346.7304/34
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
handbooks
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Warner, Ralph
  • Portman, Janet
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  • Landlord and tenant
  • Landlords
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Landlords
  • United States
Label
Every landlord's legal guide, Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner & Janet Portman
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Screening tenants: your most important decision : Avoiding fair housing complaints and lawsuits ; How to advertise rental property ; Renting property that's still occupied ; Dealing with prospective tenants and accepting rental applications ; Checking references, credit history, and more ; Choosing, and rejecting, an applicant ; Finder's fees and holding deposits -- 2. Preparing leases and rental agreements : Which is better, a lease or a rental agreement? ; Clause-by-clause instructions for completing the lease or rental agreement form ; Signing the lease or rental agreement ; About cosigners -- 3. Basic rent rules : How much can you charge? ; Rent control ; When rent is due ; Where and how rent is due ; Late charges and discounts for early payments ; Returned check charges ; Partial or delayed rent payments ; Raising the rent -- 4. Security deposits : Purpose and use of security deposits ; Dollar limits on deposits ; How much deposit should you charge? ; Last month's rent ; Interest and accounts on deposit ; Nonrefundable deposits and fees ; How to increase deposits ; Handling deposits when you buy or sell rental property -- 5. Discrimination : Legal reasons for rejecting a rental applicant ; Sources of antidiscrimination laws ; Types of illegal discrimination ; Valid occupancy limits ; Managers and discrimination ; Unlawful discrimination complaints ; Insurance coverage in discrimination claims --
  • 6. Property managers : Hiring your own resident manager ; How to prepare a property manager agreement ; Your legal obligations as an employer ; Management companies ; Your liability for a manager's acts ; Notifying tenants of the manager ; Firing a manager ; Evicting a manager -- 7. Getting the tenant moved in : Inspect the rental unit ; Photograph the rental unit ; Send new tenants a move-in letter ; Cash rent and security deposit checks ; Organize your tenant records ; Organize income and expenses for Schedule E ; Using email for notices or other communication with tenants ; The bottom line: stick with a traditional mail or delivery service -- 8. Cotenants, sublets, and assignments : Cotenants ; What to do when a tenant wants to sublet or assign ; When a tenant brings in a roommate ; Guests and new occupants you haven't approved -- 9. Landlord's duty to repair and maintain the premises : Your duty to keep the premises livable ; How to meet your legal repair and maintenance responsibilities ; Avoiding problems with a good maintenance and repair system ; Tenant updates and landlord's regular safety and maintenance inspections ; Tenant responses to unfit premises: calling inspectors, filing lawsuits, and moving out ; Minor repairs ; Delegating landlord's responsibilities to tenants ; Tenants' alterations and improvements ; Cable TV access ; Satellite dishes and antennas -- 10. Landlord's liability for tenant injuries from dangerous conditions : How to prevent injuries ; Liability and other property insurance ; Your liability for tenant injuries ; If a tenant was at fault, too ; How much money an injured tenant may recover --
  • 11. Landlord's liability for environmental health hazards : Asbestos ; Lead ; Radon ; Carbon monoxide ; Mold ; Bedbugs ; Electromagnetic fields -- 12. Landlord's liability for criminal activity : Comply with all state and local laws on security ; Keep your promises about security ; Prevent criminal acts ; Protect tenants from each other ; Protect tenants from your employees ; Deal with drug-dealing tenants ; If you are sued -- 13. Landlord's right of entry and tenants' privacy : General rules of entry ; Entry in case of emergency ; Entry with the permission of the tenant ; Entry to make repairs or inspect the property ; Entry to show property to prospective tenants or buyers ; Entry after the tenant has moved out ; Entry by others ; Other types of invasions of privacy ; What to do when tenants unreasonably deny entry ; Tenants' remedies if a landlord acts illegally -- 14. Ending a tenancy : Changing lease or rental agreement terms ; How month-to-month tenancies end ; How leases end ; If the tenant breaks the lease ; When a tenant dies ; Condominium conversions -- 15. Returning security deposits and other move-out issues : Preparing a move-out letter ; Inspecting the unit when a tenant leaves ; Applying the security deposit to the last month's rent ; Basic rules for returning deposits ; Deductions for cleaning and damage ; Deductions for unpaid rent ; Preparing an itemized statement of deductions ; Mailing the security deposit itemization ; Security deposits from cotenants ; If a tenant sues you ; If the deposit doesn't cover damage and unpaid rent ; What to do with property abandoned by a tenant --
  • 16. Problems with tenants: how to resolve disputes without a lawyer : Negotiating a settlement: start by talking ; When warning notices are appropriate ; Understanding mediation ; Using arbitration ; Representing yourself in Small Claims Court ; How to avoid charges of retaliation -- 17. Terminations and evictions : The landlord's role in eviction ; Termination notices ; Late rent ; Other tenant violations of the lease or rental agreement ; Violations of a tenant's legal responsibilities ; Tenant's illegal activity on the premises ; How eviction lawsuits work ; Illegal "self-help" evictions ; Stopping eviction by filing for bankruptcy -- 18. Lawyers and legal research : Finding a lawyer ; Types of fee arrangements with lawyers ; Saving on legal fees ; Resolving problems with your lawyer ; Attorney fees in a lawsuit ; Doing your own legal research ; Where to find state, local, and federal laws ; How to research court decisions -- Appendixes : A. State landlord-tenant law charts : State landlord-tenant statutes ; State rent rules ; State rules on notice required to change or terminate a month-to-month tenancy ; State security deposit rules ; Required landlord disclosures ; State laws in domestic violence situations ; State laws on rent withholding and repair and deduct remedies ; State laws on landlord's access to rental property ; State laws on handling abandoned property ; State laws prohibiting landlord retaliation ; State laws on termination for nonpayment of rent ; State laws on termination for violation of lease ; State laws on unconditional quit terminations ; State small claims court limits ; Landlord's duty to rerent ; Consequences of self-help evictions -- B. How to use the interactive forms on the Nolo website : Editing RTFs ; List of forms available on the Nolo website
Control code
ocn861274209
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
12th edition.
Extent
474 pages
Isbn
9781413320169
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2013041691
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)861274209
Label
Every landlord's legal guide, Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner & Janet Portman
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Screening tenants: your most important decision : Avoiding fair housing complaints and lawsuits ; How to advertise rental property ; Renting property that's still occupied ; Dealing with prospective tenants and accepting rental applications ; Checking references, credit history, and more ; Choosing, and rejecting, an applicant ; Finder's fees and holding deposits -- 2. Preparing leases and rental agreements : Which is better, a lease or a rental agreement? ; Clause-by-clause instructions for completing the lease or rental agreement form ; Signing the lease or rental agreement ; About cosigners -- 3. Basic rent rules : How much can you charge? ; Rent control ; When rent is due ; Where and how rent is due ; Late charges and discounts for early payments ; Returned check charges ; Partial or delayed rent payments ; Raising the rent -- 4. Security deposits : Purpose and use of security deposits ; Dollar limits on deposits ; How much deposit should you charge? ; Last month's rent ; Interest and accounts on deposit ; Nonrefundable deposits and fees ; How to increase deposits ; Handling deposits when you buy or sell rental property -- 5. Discrimination : Legal reasons for rejecting a rental applicant ; Sources of antidiscrimination laws ; Types of illegal discrimination ; Valid occupancy limits ; Managers and discrimination ; Unlawful discrimination complaints ; Insurance coverage in discrimination claims --
  • 6. Property managers : Hiring your own resident manager ; How to prepare a property manager agreement ; Your legal obligations as an employer ; Management companies ; Your liability for a manager's acts ; Notifying tenants of the manager ; Firing a manager ; Evicting a manager -- 7. Getting the tenant moved in : Inspect the rental unit ; Photograph the rental unit ; Send new tenants a move-in letter ; Cash rent and security deposit checks ; Organize your tenant records ; Organize income and expenses for Schedule E ; Using email for notices or other communication with tenants ; The bottom line: stick with a traditional mail or delivery service -- 8. Cotenants, sublets, and assignments : Cotenants ; What to do when a tenant wants to sublet or assign ; When a tenant brings in a roommate ; Guests and new occupants you haven't approved -- 9. Landlord's duty to repair and maintain the premises : Your duty to keep the premises livable ; How to meet your legal repair and maintenance responsibilities ; Avoiding problems with a good maintenance and repair system ; Tenant updates and landlord's regular safety and maintenance inspections ; Tenant responses to unfit premises: calling inspectors, filing lawsuits, and moving out ; Minor repairs ; Delegating landlord's responsibilities to tenants ; Tenants' alterations and improvements ; Cable TV access ; Satellite dishes and antennas -- 10. Landlord's liability for tenant injuries from dangerous conditions : How to prevent injuries ; Liability and other property insurance ; Your liability for tenant injuries ; If a tenant was at fault, too ; How much money an injured tenant may recover --
  • 11. Landlord's liability for environmental health hazards : Asbestos ; Lead ; Radon ; Carbon monoxide ; Mold ; Bedbugs ; Electromagnetic fields -- 12. Landlord's liability for criminal activity : Comply with all state and local laws on security ; Keep your promises about security ; Prevent criminal acts ; Protect tenants from each other ; Protect tenants from your employees ; Deal with drug-dealing tenants ; If you are sued -- 13. Landlord's right of entry and tenants' privacy : General rules of entry ; Entry in case of emergency ; Entry with the permission of the tenant ; Entry to make repairs or inspect the property ; Entry to show property to prospective tenants or buyers ; Entry after the tenant has moved out ; Entry by others ; Other types of invasions of privacy ; What to do when tenants unreasonably deny entry ; Tenants' remedies if a landlord acts illegally -- 14. Ending a tenancy : Changing lease or rental agreement terms ; How month-to-month tenancies end ; How leases end ; If the tenant breaks the lease ; When a tenant dies ; Condominium conversions -- 15. Returning security deposits and other move-out issues : Preparing a move-out letter ; Inspecting the unit when a tenant leaves ; Applying the security deposit to the last month's rent ; Basic rules for returning deposits ; Deductions for cleaning and damage ; Deductions for unpaid rent ; Preparing an itemized statement of deductions ; Mailing the security deposit itemization ; Security deposits from cotenants ; If a tenant sues you ; If the deposit doesn't cover damage and unpaid rent ; What to do with property abandoned by a tenant --
  • 16. Problems with tenants: how to resolve disputes without a lawyer : Negotiating a settlement: start by talking ; When warning notices are appropriate ; Understanding mediation ; Using arbitration ; Representing yourself in Small Claims Court ; How to avoid charges of retaliation -- 17. Terminations and evictions : The landlord's role in eviction ; Termination notices ; Late rent ; Other tenant violations of the lease or rental agreement ; Violations of a tenant's legal responsibilities ; Tenant's illegal activity on the premises ; How eviction lawsuits work ; Illegal "self-help" evictions ; Stopping eviction by filing for bankruptcy -- 18. Lawyers and legal research : Finding a lawyer ; Types of fee arrangements with lawyers ; Saving on legal fees ; Resolving problems with your lawyer ; Attorney fees in a lawsuit ; Doing your own legal research ; Where to find state, local, and federal laws ; How to research court decisions -- Appendixes : A. State landlord-tenant law charts : State landlord-tenant statutes ; State rent rules ; State rules on notice required to change or terminate a month-to-month tenancy ; State security deposit rules ; Required landlord disclosures ; State laws in domestic violence situations ; State laws on rent withholding and repair and deduct remedies ; State laws on landlord's access to rental property ; State laws on handling abandoned property ; State laws prohibiting landlord retaliation ; State laws on termination for nonpayment of rent ; State laws on termination for violation of lease ; State laws on unconditional quit terminations ; State small claims court limits ; Landlord's duty to rerent ; Consequences of self-help evictions -- B. How to use the interactive forms on the Nolo website : Editing RTFs ; List of forms available on the Nolo website
Control code
ocn861274209
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
12th edition.
Extent
474 pages
Isbn
9781413320169
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2013041691
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)861274209

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