Ken Roth (Sunny Isles Beach, FL) has more than 20 years of experience in real estate. He is a lawyer specializing in real estate issues and holds licenses as a realtor and residential property manager in Florida.
Ken graduated Hofstra University School of Law and is admitted to practice in Florida, New York and the District of Columbia. He is also a reserve officer in the United States Air Force and serving as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate.
From the Author: "Anybody can buy a form lease, throw an ad in the newspaper, and stick a tenant on his or her property. Those are the people who keep real estate lawyers employed and the court system busy. The purpose of this book is to help you understand and appreciate the complexity of the landlord-tenant relationship from the point of view of the landlord.
"It's not the forms that make you successful -- though you'll get plenty of forms in this book -- it's understanding the content of those forms and thinking about the transaction itself and how you progress with each step that will make you a successful landlord.
"No book can substitute for 20 years of experience as an attorney, real estate broker, and landlord, but those experiences are the core of this book and will help you on your way to a better landlord experience. The real issue is if you want to trust (and pay) others, or if you want to understand the process yourself."
About the Book
THE SUCCESSFUL LANDLORD:
How to Make Money Without Making Yourself Nuts
By Ken Roth
Published by AMACOM
ISBN 0-8144-7228-1, 284 oversized pages, softcover $19.95
Available through Total Real Estate Solutions or directly from the publisher:
How to stay in control and "in the black" as a landlord.
Much more goes into the leasing of property than just placing an ad in the newspaper and collecting rent. The Successful Landlord presents readers with need-to-know information, from finding good tenants to managing the ongoing tenant-landlord relationship.
Combining a commonsense approach with must-have information, the book gives first-time and veteran landlords smart strategies for:
- performing background and credit checks
- setting rent levels
- drawing up a lease
- maintaining the property and avoiding damage
- establishing policies for pets, furnishings, security, and utilities
- advertising available space
- working with property managers
- dealing with problem tenants and disputes
- and much more
The Successful Landlord offers a beautiful balance between theory (the law) and practice (the deadbeat tenant). Even though the author is an attorney, he's more focused on plain spoken, practical, common sense advice than trying to write every imaginable problem into a lease agreement. The book is loaded with vivid case histories from dozens of rental situations that will help you expect the unexpected and prepare accordingly.
Packed with forms for leases, letters, and other legal documents, The Successful Landlord gives readers the knowledge and tools to become successful, high-income landlords.
Other New Real Estate Books from AMACOM
THE REAL ESTATE AGENT'S FIELD GUIDE
By Bridget McCrea
ISBN 0-8144-0809-5, Paperback, $19.95, 2004
A how-to manual for busy real estate agents.
A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR BUYING A HOME
By Sid Davis
ISBN 0-8144-7196-X, Paperback, $17.95, 2004
Expert advice for an exciting (but complicated) process.
Copyright ©2004 by Kenneth M. Roth. All rights reserved. Reprinted here with permission of the publisher, Amacom Books, http://www.amacombooks.org. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file, as long as the contents are not changed and this copyright notice is intact.
Articles by Ken Roth
L.S.A.T - The Successful Landlord Aptitude Test
Twenty questions cover such issues as discrimination, credit checks, lease law, non-payment of rent, pets, renting furnished properties, acceptable deductions from security deposits, taxes, lease termination, landlord liability laws, and incorporation. Answers are included at the end of the test. The S.L.A.T. is fast and funny -- probably the most enjoyable exam you'll ever tak