I just read the 2nd Edition of “Every Landlord’s Guide to Finding Great Tenants” by Janet Portman, the author of “Every Landlord’s Legal Guide.” This book is a great resource for the new landlord who will do everything him or herself.
The book contains chapters on the following topics:
One: Choosing Good Tenants Makes Good Business Sense
Two: Complying With Discrimination Laws
Three: How to Deal with Current Tenants – Before You Look for New Ones
Four: How to Advertise Effectively
Five: How Should You Show Your Rental?
Six: Preparing Your Rental Application and Screening Materials
Seven: Fielding Initial Questions and Phone Screening
Eight: Prepare Your Rental for an Open House or Showing
Nine: Face to Face: Showing the Rental and negotiating with Prospective Tenants
Ten: Evaluating Rental Applications
Eleven: Checking Applicants’ Credit Reports
Twelve: Checking Landlord, Employer, and Personal References
Thirteen: checking Applicants’ Criminal Backgrounds
Fourteen: How to Choose and Work With a Tenant-Screening Agency
Fifteen: Choosing Your New Tenant
Sixteen: How to Reject – What to Say, What to Write
Again, this book is good for the landlords who choose to do most of the work themselves while owing a few rentals. It is also very good for the novice or beginning landlord. If you are just getting started, this book and “Every Landlord’s Legal Guide” can be very useful.
Some of the information may seem to basic for some, or just common sense. Well, when you are just starting a business, and being a landlord is a business, there are many things to take care of, and it is nice to have even the simple stuff outlined in a text so you don’t overlook it. This is especially true for those that are trying to be landlords on the side.
The book with index runs 465 pages and is easy to read. Nolo really does a good job of providing legal information in an easy format for everyone to understand. Portman is the author of several Nolo books, and this is the second one of hers that I’ve read and I like the information she provides. There are ample side-bars, sample documents, highlighted points, and graphs. It is laid out well and reader friendly. There is also a CD-ROM included with the book that contains forms and checklists as well as audio files that have sample dialogs to conduct interviews and such.
This book contains a lot of useful information. If you are in business, you need to have the information to succeed. This book would go well on any landlord’s shelf. It would be part of a collection of books and resources to assist with a property owning business and how to be a landlord. If you are a landlord, especially a beginning landlord, I’d suggest getting this book and use Portman’s advice on Finding Great Tenants.
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