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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (8 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118775198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118775196
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,329,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 lawsand 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 hiringor firinga property manager Take on new residents grasp the legal aspects of advertising, set your propertys 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

About the Author

Laurence C. Harmon, JD, is the CEO of HARMON LAW 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.


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This book is American. It is about American landlord legal issues. It is not realy for the UK Market. Don't Buy.
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HASH(0x8c07aaf8) out of 5 stars A good resource! 30 Oct. 2014
By Robert J. Nahigian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although the book title is for "Dummies" do not be fooled. It's well written and simple to understand. As a real estate instructor on 6 faculties, i have selected Robert Griswold's books in the past for my commercial real estate courses. This book is geared more for residential and hits the points from acquisition, legal entities, due diligence, property management, environmental issues, legal contracts, leasing and disputes. The book is co-authored with an attorney therefore there is legal input in this book as well. A good resource! I know Robert Griswold has authored other like-kind books and he is a Counselor of Real Estate, great knowledge.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c07ab4c) out of 5 stars Great book on property management 28 April 2015
By jay k - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this well-written book on the topic of legal aspects of residential property management to be both a very interesting read, as well as extremely informative. The team of attorney, Laurence Harmon, and practitioner, Robert Griswold, combine their vast knowledge and experience to provide an insightful look for both new comers who buy investment real estate (or single homes or condos) to professional managers as well. I would highly recommend this book to anyone managing property - or who may be thinking about it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d0626b4) out of 5 stars Great source of information, tips and reminders for both the experienced and inexperienced investor/manager! 5 Jun. 2015
By P. Hargraves - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I, too, agree that this is not a book for dummies, but a serious in-depth discussion of all the relevant considerations in being an owner/landlord. As a property manager for more than 45 years, developer and owner/investor for almost forty years, I can't find a single important area not touched upon appropriately. Some things in it are specific to single-unit or multi-family housing. However, the great bulk of it is applicable to any property type. I highly recommend it to anyone who is contemplating either investing or pursuing a career in investment real estate. Even for the seasoned investor or experienced property managers, it provides helpful tips and reminders. I believe you'll find it will be worth many, many times its cost.
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HASH(0x8c07add4) out of 5 stars Buy This Book! 21 April 2015
By Barbara Halverson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree that this book is not for Dummies! Landlord/Tenant issues are difficult and can be costly but Laurence Harmon and Robert Griswold navigate the topic with easy to understand examples and great detail. The authors are experienced professionals and approach this subject from a hands-on, practical approach. I highly recommend this book for first time landlords or well heeled professionals. It's a landlord's bible!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c07d030) out of 5 stars Great guide with invaluable insight 25 April 2015
By Constantine Korologos - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been working in the real estate industry for 30 years and teaching real estate finance for the last 15 years. This is a well written guide for landlords regardless of experience. Its a book that you will continue to reach for during your investing career. The dummies title is not truly representative of the level of guidance. Everyone can benefit from this concise book.
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