10 Best Real Estate Landlording Books


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We have gathered the best real estate landlording books on the market. These books have been read and reviewed to help you get your landlording career off the ground. If you are an experienced landlord you will still love these great books. We also scour the internet to get outside opinions. We do this to ensure that you get the best unbiased review of the top real estate landlord books available to you. Please see our list of the best books about how to become a landlord. Feel free to comment below to tell us what you think.

#1 Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market by Bryan M. Chavis

Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market is a great book on how to become a landlord. The best part about becoming a landlord is that it doesn't matter what the market and economy are doing, "people will always need a place to live". This book will explain why being a landlord is a great way to become a successful real estate investor. It shares the tips and trick of being a landlord.

Demystify the process of evaluating, acquiring, and managing rental property and becoming a landlord with Landlord Academy founder Bryan Chavis’s clear, step-by-step plan to make your dream of owning a multi-family property a reality Click here to view more details about this book.

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#2 The Definitive Guide To Apartment Marketing: by Josh S Grillo

In this incredibly in-depth guide to Apartment Marketing, Josh Grillo (of Resident360.com) gives an amazing amount of detail on pretty much everything you need to know for increasing leads, leases and retaining more residents at your apartment communities.

From the basics of handling negative online reviews to advance strategies of converting more prospects into leads from your apartment websites.

A must have reference guide for apartment owners and property management companies that want to get the most out of their marketing. Click here to view more details about this book.

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#3 Landlording: A Handy manual for Scrupulous Landlords and Landladies Who Do It Themselves by Leigh Robinson

This classic book on managing rental property, widely known among landlords and landladies as their bible, has been in print for thirty-nine years, has sold over 375,000 copies, and has twice been selected as one of the top ten real estate books of the year by nationally syndicated real estate columnist Bob Bruss.

This latest edition has been thoroughly revised and updated and includes both the eighty-four forms in the previous edition plus TWO new ones. One of the new forms, the Household Pest Control Agreement, puts into words what both landlord and tenant need to understand about their cooperating to deal with household pests, especially bed bugs. The other new form, Automatic Clearing House (ACH) Recurring Payment Authorization, enables tenants to pay their rent through an automated clearing house (ACH), so they needn’t bother writing a paper check every time their rent is due.

ALSO, new in this 12th edition is a coupon which the first purchaser of the book may use to receive free of charge all of the forms in the back of the book in common computer formats, PLUS a trial version of “Pushbutton Landlording®,” the author’s stand-alone program for handling the tenant and income sides of rental property management. Click here to view more details about this book.

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#4 Every Landlord’s Legal Guide by Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner, Janet Portman

To keep up with the law and make money as a residential landlord, you need a guide you can trust: Every Landlord’s Legal Guide.

From move-in to move-out, here’s help with legal, financial, and day-to-day issues. You’ll avoid hassles and headaches―not to mention legal fees and lawsuits. Use this top-selling book to:

screen and choose tenants

prepare leases and rental agreements

avoid discrimination charges

hire a property manager

keep up with repairs and maintenance

reduce the chance of personal injury lawsuits

make security deposit deductions

handle broken leases and terminations

deal with bedbugs, mold, and lead hazards, and

comply with laws regarding tenant privacy and disclosures.

The 13th edition is completely revised to provide your state’s current laws covering deposits, rent, entry, termination and late rent notices, and more. Click here to view more details about this book.

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#5 Every Landlord’s Guide to Managing Property: Best Practices, From Move-In to Move-Out by Michael Boyer

Written 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 helps them learn how to keep their day job and manage their properties (and tenants) on the side. It provides the best practical and legal compliance advice for small-time landlords who want to manage and grow a successful rental property business with a personalized approach and minimal hassle and cost.

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 your 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 income and expenses for filing taxes and completing Schedule E
hire and work with outside contractors, lawyers, and other help,
and much more. Click here to view more details about this book.

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#6 The Essential Handbook for Landlords by Karen Rittenhouse

Create wealth through owning real estate! Following a few simple steps can make your role as a landlord easier and more profitable. In this book you will learn how to: Prequalify the best type of property for rental, Market your properties to find a qualified tenant, Prepare your properties for rental, Use the correct paperwork to protect you and your tenants, Grow your financial freedom, and more. There's never been a better time to be a landlord! Click here to view more details about this book.

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#7 Landlord’s Legal Kit For Dummies by Robert Griswold, Laurence Harmon

The landlord's essential guide to residential rental law
Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies is a comprehensive guide to the laws and legalities of renting property. This one-stop legal reference provides both guidance and the correct forms that help landlords avoid tenant issues, which could lead to legal ramifications. From screening potential tenants to handling your own insurance and taxes, you'll find expert insight in this easy-to-read style that simplifies complex legal matters into understandable terms. The book includes access to all the needed legal forms in both English and Spanish, and contains current information about applicable codes, ordinances, and policies across the country.
Landlords have a responsibility to provide a safe, fully operational home for their tenants, and oversights can result in major court settlements. As a landlord, you need to know what the law requires of you. You also need to understand your rights, and the actions available to you when the tenant is in the wrong. This resource brings you up to speed, with the most current information about residential rental property law. The book covers privacy rights, domicile laws, paperwork, and more.
Features up-to-date lease forms and contracts available for download online
Provides information about applicant screening questionnaires and anti-discrimination policies
Includes state and local building codes, health ordinances, and landlord-tenant laws
Instructs you how to handle breach of lease situations and evictions
There's even guidance on hiring a lawyer to protect your assets, property, and rights. Ignorance of the law is no excuse in court, and it frequently leads to misunderstandings that can hurt your wallet and your reputation. Before you lease another property, get all your ducks in a row with the essential instruction and tools in Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies. Click here to view more details about this book.

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#8 Landlording on Auto-Pilot: A Simple, No-Brainer System for Higher Profits and Fewer Headaches by Mike Butler

Discover how Mike Butler managed 75 rental properties while working full-time as a police detective--before he hired any part-time help

For many investors, landlording is a pain, but not for those who use Mike Butler's Landlording on Autopilot system. It's a simple, proven method for managing rental properties in your spare time--without the headaches. Mike Butler developed this system while he worked full time as a police officer. Before long, he was buying and managing dozens of properties--and consistently bringing in more than 100% of his rents.

Includes free customizable, downloadable forms!

Butler shares all the vital techniques of autopilot landlording:
* Screening and finding great tenants you can trust
* Training tenants to do your landlording work for you
* Increasing your cash flow with a simple push-button management system
* Using little-known tax breaks available to full-time or part-time landlords
* Easily complying with landlording regulations and legal stuff you might not think of
* Identifying the most profitable types of properties
* Marketing and advertising your properties at little or no cost
* Utilizing powerful, ready-to-use landlording forms
* Getting rid of bad tenants quickly, safely, and cheaply when buying properties
* Using creative tactics to consistently bring in more than 100% of the rent

Once you've learned Mike Butler's system, you'll make more money in less time with less effort. Today, Mike Butler is retired from the police force and enjoys more than $1 million a year from his rental properties. Using the techniques and strategies of Landlording on Autopilot will help you achieve your dreams. Click here to view more details about this book.

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#9 Every Landlord’s Tax Deduction Guide by Stephen Fishman

Maximize your tax deductions.

Named a "Top 10 Real Estate Book" by Robert Bruss, syndicated real estate columnist.

If you own residential rental properties, you will want to know about all the valuable deductions you are entitled to take as a landlord. Every Landlord’s Tax Deduction Guide is the only book that focuses exclusively on tax deductions for landlords. Find out how to:

deduct casualty and theft losses

deduct rental losses

deduct home office, car, travel and meals

keep proper tax records -- and much more

The book also explains in detail the complicated final IRS rules on repairs and improvements. It also covers new IRS deductions for business property. Filled with practical advice and real-world examples, Every Landlord’s Tax Deduction Guide will save you money by making sure you owe less to the IRS at tax time. Click here to view more details about this book.

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#10 The Landlord’s Troubleshooter (Landlord’s Troubleshooter: A Survival Guide for New Landlords) by Robert Irwin

Offers responses for just about every situation, what to say, how to say it, and what not to say, including samples of letters landlords need on a day to day basis. Provides hands-on tips for the novice and experienced landlord alike. Softcover. DLC: Real estate management. Click here to view more details about this book.

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