On this episode of the Creating Wealth Show, Jason Hartman talks with author and editor, Janet Portman, about becoming a landlord. Whether or not you call yourself a “landlord,” when you rent out a house, you’ll want to do it right!

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. She has also spoken on related topics such as disputes involving neighbors and pets. Before joining Nolo in 1994, Portman was a public defender for the California State Public Defender’s office, representing clients at the trial, appellate, and state Supreme Court levels. Portman received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and a law degree from Santa Clara University.

Episode: CW 208: First-Time Landlord's Guide to Renting a Single-Family Home with Author & Attorney Janet Portman

Guest: Janet Portman

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