From the Back Cover
What most landlords learn the hard way – made easy! Whether you dream of becoming a property mogul, or you′ve joined the ranks of ′accidental landlords′ created by a sagging property market, Renting Out Your Property For Dummies , 3rd Edition is your roadmap to success. Melanie Bien and Robert Griswold walk you through the entire process of becoming a landlord and supply you with indispensable forms, agreements and letter templates – also available to download at the Dummies.com website. To be or not to be a landlord – discover if you′re really cut out to be a landlord and, if not, how to find a great property manager Find investment properties – learn how to find, research and buy the most suitable properties for your needs Transition from homeowner to landlord – what every ′accidental landlord′ needs to know about acquiring an official ′consent to let′ from your lender, switching to a buy–to–let mortgage and much more Find Mr/Ms Right – find out how to prepare and advertise your property, set the rent, show your property and ensure that applicants are as trustworthy as they claim to be Handle tenants like a pro – get a leg up on managing tenants, including collecting and raising rents, holding onto good tenants and dealing with difficult ones Avoid legal hassles – acquaint yourself with the laws governing rental properties, such as the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and Energy Performance Certificates "...an absolute must for the bookshelf of any would–be landlord, novice and experienced alike." –from a review of the 2nd Edition by Tom Entwhistle, Editor of LandlordZONE.co.uk Open the book and find: Tips on marketing your rental property The best way to screen your tenants Hints on setting rents and managing increases A guide on maintaining your property – both DIY and with contractors Tricks on tackling rent, deposits and tenancy agreements All you need to know about transitioning from homeowner to landlord How to decide whether to manage your property yourself, or to hire an agent Learn to: Market your property and find the right tenant Set your rent and manage increases Stay on top of your finances and legal paperwork Keep your property up to scratch
About the Author
Melanie Bien has written about property for national newspapers and magazines and spent five years as Personal Finance Editor at the Independent on Sunday . She is the author of Renting Out Your Property For Dummies , Buying a Home on a Budget For Dummies and Sorting Out Your Finances For Dummies . Robert Griswold lectures at the Institute for Real Estate Management.