Every Tenant's Legal Guide

Every Tenant's Legal Guide

Janet Portman, Ann O'Connell


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Tenants in every state, especially people who are new to renting and those who are experiencing difficulties with their landlords.

What is new in this Edition:
• Complete information about each state’s tenant-related laws, including where to research them and their contents, is included in the book.
• The book offers examples of common situations tenants face along with practical solutions about how to deal with them without having to hire a lawyer.
• The new edition will address the increasing numbers of evictions across the country due to the pandemic, and give renters advice on how to respond to an eviction notice (and how to address a pandemic-related eviction in their rental history).
• The new edition will also address how to research changes in landlord-tenant laws due to the pandemic, for example, eviction moratoriums, rent freezes, special procedures for evictions, and tenant protections.
• The new edition will also expand its discussion on rent control, as some states have adopted state-wide rent control laws.


Janet Portman:
Nolo's Executive Editor, Janet Portman oversees editorial work on all Nolo books, articles, and websites. She specializes in residential and commercial landlord/tenant law, legal issues related to courts, and criminal law. She is the author or a coauthor of Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants, First-Time Landlord: Your Guide to Renting Out a Single-Family Home, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Renters' Rights, Leases & Rental Agreements, The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities, and California Tenants' Rights. Portman received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. Before joining Nolo in 1994, she practiced law as a public defender.|||Ann O’Connell is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in landlord-tenant and real estate law. Before joining Nolo as an editor, Ann was a freelance writer for Nolo and other publications and law firms. She has passed the bar exams in California, Nevada, and Colorado, where she is both an active attorney and a real estate broker. Ann practiced civil litigation in California and Colorado, and had her own firm in Colorado. At her firm, she focused on real estate, landlord-tenant, and small business cases. Ann earned her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from UC Berkeley Law.