Landlord and Tenant

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Law - 155 pages
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Do you feel harassed by your landlord? Does your tenant never pay the rent on time? The problems that can arise in a landlord-tenant relationship may end up costing serious money if not handled properly and sensibly. This book covers the rights, responsibilities, and duties of both parties; the best ways of dealing with your landlord or tenant and coming up with reasonable solutions; what a tenant should look for in an apartment and a lease; how to evict a tenant or avoid eviction; and how to get out of a lease.

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Just reading the Table of Contents alone is justification for every tenant to have this book, preferably on their nightstand!! The pages dealing with tenancy agreements, landlord responsibilities and obligations (especially the implied warrant of habitability and the covenant of quiet enjoyment) provides a means of dealing with that landlord we all know to "love and hate". Tenant's do have obligations of their own in maintaining the rental property, paying rent when due, using the property as intended, and other valid and legal regulations regarding the tenancy agreement (State Civil Codes, Housing Ordinances, etc.) But knowing you have legal avenues and written statutes, case law and other definitive, specific methods to pursue (with or without assistance from an attorney), eapecially in reference to LANDLORD RETALIATION, means tenants actually can be treated as human beings, and not fear that the big, mean landlord has advantage over you, is PRICELESS!!!!  


Before the Tenant Moves In
A Crash Course in Leases
Common Lease and Rental Agreement
The Implied Warranty of Habitability
The Implied Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment
The Tenants Duty to Behave Reasonably
Security Deposits and Last Months Rent
The Duty to Maintain and Repair
Prohibited Remedies
When the Agreement Ends
Eviction Lawsuits
Small Claims Court
Superior Court
A Common Questions and Answers
B Glossary

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About the author (1998)

Steven D. Strauss is an attorney, business writer, commentator, and bestselling author with eight books to his credit. A nationally recognized business columnist, his columns regularly appear at,, Bloomberg Financial,, Franchise1,,, and many more. As a popular repeat media guest, he has appeared on MSNBC, the BBC, Court TV, Leesa, ABC, and the CBS Radio Network, and in the pages of Investor's Business Daily, USA Today, Inc., Time, the New York Daily News, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He owns The Strauss Law Firm, a business law practice with offices in San Francisco and Sacramento.

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