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Leases & rental agreements
Stewart, Marcia.
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

"All the step-by-step instructions & forms a landlord needs to draw up key legal documents"--Cover.
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You've probably got a good toolkit for emergency repairs and routine maintenance. But do you have the tools you need to draft a legally valid lease or write a move-out letter that will protect you later? Leases & Rental Agreements is the nuts-and-bolts guide you need. You'll save yourself a hefty legal fee now-and because having a clear and legal lease is one of the best ways to avoid legal tangles with tenants, you'll save hassles later, too. Book jacket.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Binding legal agreements are part of every contemporary American's life, and advice on them can be welcome and valuable. Stewart and Warner provide some in a nicely laid out and well-organized guide mostly for landlords. They explain the renting game clearly and with many sample forms (which may tempt some to use the guide as a workbook, so libraries may want to keep a reference copy for single-use photocopying, at least until subsequent editions--legal advice publisher Nolo updates its wares regularly--come out). They promise to help turn the property holder into a successful landlord with useful advice on such matters as whether to prefer a lease or a rental agreement and changing or ending a tenancy. Since they also describe how to avoid illegal discrimination, renters may find the book well worth perusing, too. Indeed, the good overview they afford of all the legal ins, outs, ups, and downs of the landlord-tenant relationship might be the spur that goads balky readers to buy rather than rent. --Mike Tribby

Library Journal Review

Aimed at owners and managers of residential rental property, this new collection of forms and guidelines is designed to help with the creation of leases, rental agreements, and related documents. The authors' legal advice is accompanied by sound suggestions for managing rental arrangements. Stewart and Warner build the documents from the ground up by defining terms, enumerating issues to consider, offering alternative clauses, and highlighting problem areas. In an especially good discussion of choosing tenants, readers will find counsel on advertising property, checking references, and avoiding discrimination. Forms for consent to background check, rental application, and tenant references complete the discussion. The plentiful tables include references to state laws on security deposits, landlord access to rental property, and lists of states that limit security deposits. An appendix offers tear-away forms that cover a number of common landlord/tenant situations. This book works well with the authors' Every Landlord's Legal Guide (LJ 4/15/96), a comprehensive look at state and federal laws governing landlord-tenant relations. Recommended for most public libraries.¬ĎJoan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Being a Successful Landlord
2 Preparing a Lease or Rental Agreement
A Which Is Better, a Lease or a Rental Agreement?p. 3
B Completing the Lease or Rental Agreement Formp. 5
C Signing the Lease or Rental Agreementp. 36
3 Choosing Tenants: Your Most Important Decision
A How to Advertise Rental Propertyp. 2
B Renting Property That's Still Occupiedp. 4
C Accepting Rental Applicationsp. 4
D Checking References, Credit History, and Morep. 10
E Avoiding Illegal Discriminationp. 16
F Choosing-and Rejecting-an Applicantp. 17
G Choosing a Tenant-Managerp. 18
H Property Management Companiesp. 20
4 Getting the Tenant Moved In
A Inspect and Photograph the Unitp. 2
B Send New Tenants a Move-In Letterp. 8
C Cash Rent and Security Deposit Checksp. 8
D Organize Your Tenant Recordsp. 11
E Organize Income and Expenses for Schedule Ep. 11
5 Changing or Ending a Tenancy
A How to Modify Signed Rental Agreements and Leasesp. 2
B Ending a Month-to-Month Tenancyp. 3
C How Fixed-Term Leases Endp. 10
D Returning Security Deposits When a Tenancy Endsp. 15
1 State Landlord-Tenant Law Charts
State Landlord-Tenant Statutes
Notice Required to Change or Terminate a Month-to-Month Tenancy
State Rent Rules
State Security Deposit Rules
States That Require Landlords to Maintain a Separate Account for Security Deposits
States That Require Landlords to Pay Interest on Deposits
Attachment to Florida Leases and Rental Agreements (Security Deposits)
State Laws on Landlord's Access to Rental Property
2 Tear-Out Forms
Month-to-Month Residential Rental Agreement
Month-to-Month Residential Rental Agreement (Spanish version)
Fixed-Term Residential Lease
Fixed-Term Residential Lease (Spanish version)
Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint or Lead-Based Paint Hazards
Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint or Lead-Based Paint Hazards (Spanish version)
Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home Pamphlet
Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home Pamphlet (Spanish version)
Rental Application
Consent to Background and Reference Check
Tenant References