October 28, 2015 11:15 ET

New Book Provides Much-Needed Property Management Guidance to Millions of Do-It-Yourself Landlords

Every Landlord's Guide to Managing Property is the First Detailed Guide Written Specifically to Help Part-Time Landlords Successfully Manage Their Properties

BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2015) - Across the United States, millions of everyday people are acting as part-time landlords -- juggling full-time jobs with managing property on the side. Today, Nolo releases Every Landlord's Guide to Managing Property: Best Practices From Move-In to Move-Out, a groundbreaking new book that helps these millions of do-it-yourself landlords keep their day jobs while efficiently managing their properties and tenants.

"If you think about it, landlords are everywhere," said Every Landlord's Guide to Managing Property author Michael Boyer. "Your neighbor has an accessory apartment. Your supervisor owns the duplex on her street. Another co-worker rents his former house since he married. And your best friend wants to buy a rental for investment. None of these people are full-time landlords, but they must deal with the myriad issues of property management just the same."

Until today, there has been no definitive property management guide written specifically for the millions of landlords who own a single-family home, condo, or small (less than four unit) multiplex. Every Landlord's Guide to Managing Property fulfills this need by providing the best practical and legal compliance advice for small-time landlords who want to manage and grow a successful rental property business.

"As a part-time landlord myself, I quickly realized that while there were some great books for professional landlords with apartment building and major holdings, none spoke directly to the part-time landlord," Boyer said. "Our goal in writing this book was to give part-time landlords the crucial granular detail of exactly how to be a successful landlord while still balancing a full-time job and the challenges of day-to-day life."

Available both in print and as an e-book, Every Landlord's Guide to Managing Property focuses on everyday skills the do-it-yourself landlord needs, including property oversight and maintenance, effective communication with tenants, and general management. It covers a wide range of topics, such as how to:

  • market and differentiate rental units from the competition
  • handle nitty-gritty maintenance -- from snow removal to toilet clogs to painting
  • screen and deal with tenant issues like late rent payments, pet problems, clutter, unauthorized occupants, and other conflicts
  • track rental income and expenses
  • hire and work with outside contractors, lawyers, and other help
  • and much more.

Every Landlord's Guide to Managing Property is the latest in a successful line of landlord titles published by Nolo, which has been producing consumer legal and business guides since 1971. Current titles for landlords include Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide, and First-Time Landlord.

Vital Statistics
Publication Date: October 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4133-2215-6
Price: $29.99

About the Author
Michael Boyer is a college professor and attorney as well as a landlord who owns several small properties. He has graduate degrees in management and law, plus more than a decade of experience as a successful do-it-yourself landlord. He lives with his family in Juneau, Alaska.

About Nolo
Nolo ( is a leading provider of plain-English legal information and products for consumers and businesses. A subsidiary of Internet Brands, Nolo focuses most of its efforts on its award-winning websites, which feature extensive free content, online tools, and a consumer-friendly lawyer directory. Nolo also develops market-leading software, online legal forms, as well as print and e-books.

Nolo was founded in 1971 by two legal aid attorneys who set out to demystify the law for people who couldn't afford lawyers. Since then Nolo has produced more than 20 million plain-English legal guides across all areas of the law.

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