Book Title:

Renters’ Rights: The Basics (4th Edition) (Paperback)
by Janet Portman (Author), Marcia Stewart (Author)

Editorial Reviews:

Robert J. Bruss, Los Angeles Times

Well written, well researched and practical describe this thorough rental-law guide book. On my scale of one to 10, this outstanding book rates an off-the-chart 12.

Orlando Sentinel

If landlords nationwide were to recommend [this] book to renters, today’s landlord/tenant problems wouldn’t exist.

Book Description

Is it next to impossible to get the rent out of your roommate each month? Or is your landlord forgetting about the clogged drain he said he’d repair weeks ago? Then it’s time to assert your renters’ rights!

Aimed at everyone from the new renter on the block to more seasoned tenants who just want to know the basics, this new Legal Basics book is packed with the critical legal and practical information that every renter needs.

Written in plain English, the book covers important concerns like:

  • leases and rental agreements
  • discrimination
  • rent
  • security deposits
  • privacy
  • roommates
  • repairs and maintenance
  • and much more

Co-authored by two experts in tenants’ rights, this book is as indispensable as a friend with a pickup truck and a free weekend. The 4th edition is completely updated and revised to reflect the latest landlord-tenant laws of your state.

About the Author

Janet Portman, an attorney and Nolo editor, received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford and a law degree from the University of Santa Clara. She is an expert on landlord-tenant law and co-author of Every Landlord’s Legal Guide, Every Tenant’s Legal Guide and Renters’ Rights. As an attorney, she specialized in criminal defense, conducting trials and preparing and arguing appeals before the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. Janet is the editor of several Nolo books, including Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law and How to Seal Your Juvenile and Criminal Records.

Marcia Stewart brings her background in writing and editing on consumer issues to her job as a legal editor at Nolo Press. She is an expert on landlord-tenant law, buying and selling houses, and other issues of interest to consumers. She is the co-author of Every Landlord’s Legal Guide, Leases and Rental Agreements and Renters’ Rights, and the editor of Nolo’s LeaseWriter software for landords. Marcia received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and has written and edited a wide variety of consumer publications for government agencies and private businesses.