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Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-77511-0
408 pages
June 2014
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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

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