Ninety percent of small properties are owned by individual landlords, and millions in this group are balancing their landlord responsibilities with their daytime careers. Tune in as Jason and Janet discuss everything from landlord business basics and finding good tenants, to complying with applicable rental laws and dealing with problem tenants. Janet Portman, author, attorney, and nationally recognized specialist in landlord/tenant law, is managing editor at Nolo, the nation’s recognized leader in providing legal information for consumers and small businesses.
Portman oversees editorial work on all Nolo books and software. She is the author or co-author of Every Landlord’s Legal Guide, Every Tenant’s Legal Guide, and LeaseWriter Plus software, plus six other books, all published by Nolo.
As an expert in legal issues related to landlords and tenants, Portman has appeared on national television and radio and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Smart Money, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.
[3:20] The 6 members of your team that you need to have
[6:26] The importance of the property manager role
Janet Portman Interview:
[8:06] What landlords need to know when screening tenants
[12:12] The protected classes of tenants
[16:37] Properly (and legally) advertising your property
[22:22] The importance of thinking about renting your property to your NEXT tenant when drawing up the paperwork for your newest tenant
[27:09] The value of a property manager in terms of liability