First-Time Landlord by Janet Portman

Title of Book:  First Time Landlord

Author:  Janet Portman is an attorney and expert on residential and commercial landlord-tenant laws.  Other books by Janet include: Every Landlord’s Legal Guide, Every Tenants Rights, Negotiate the Best Lease for you Business, Leases & Rental Agreements, The California Landlord’s Law book: rights and responsibilities and California Tenants Rights. 

ISBN Number:  978-1-4133-1627-8

Publisher:  NOLO (

Genre/Market: Real Estate/Business/Law

Publication Date: 2009 & 2011

Book Length: 332 Pages

Price:  $

Soft copy

5 Out of 5 points

Headline for Book Review: Your Guide to Renting all in One Book has given me this book for my honest review © 2011 written by Jackie Paulson

Are you new to owning rental property?  If you need to rent your home or some type of property this book covers tenting in every area possible; all in one book. I think it is important to list the Chapters to see the expert knowledge topics Janet covers in this book:

  • Your First Time Landlord’s Companion
  • Is Owning Rental Property for you?
  • Landlording with Family and Friends.
  • How to Prepare and Market your Rental Property
  • Screening Tenants
  • Prepare a Lease
  • Manage Your Rental Income
  • Repairs and Maintance
  • Landlord Liability
  • Dealing with difficult Tenants
  • Don’t want to Do it Alone?  Hire a Property Manager
  • Exiting the Business
  • Rent to Own Agreements
  • Renting out a Room in Your Home

Being a Paralegal I am interested in law and keeping up to date on the news laws of renting and buying property.  Nolo is the only source for complete guides In the area of these legal issues that I believe “hit the mark.”

The best part of reading this book is it is the “how to do it” resource for renting property.  I have rented apartments all of my life, so being on the “other side of the legal fence” I have learned a lot.  This book helped me to realize the responsibilities of renting to “anyone” and what it means in detail.  You often hear the words, “it takes money to make money” and in the current economic times of (2011), I believe this is the best time to invest in any property business deal.  If you look at this with the end in mind then the future will hold a profit for anyone who invests.

Written on Oct 22, 2011 All Rights Reserved Book Review


4 thoughts on “First-Time Landlord by Janet Portman”

  1. Dear Get Reading Now,

    My wife and I have recently published a book
    about our 26 years in the Landlord business.

    It is available on for the Kindle (download)
    or in print. The Title is “Landlord Follies”.

    Please give it a try.
    It is sometimes funny and sometimes scary.
    I’m sure that you and the visitors to your web site
    will find it to be a very interesting book.

    Russ Dazen
    Albuquerque, NM


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