Survival guide for landlords

Book offers tips on screening tenants, rent-to-own tactics

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Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, April 16, 2006. If you own residential rental property or are thinking about investing in rentals, you will benefit from reading "The Landlord's Survival Guide," by Jeffrey Taylor. Known among residential rental owners as "Mr. Landlord," Taylor has created a business of helping landlords prevent costly management mistakes. His Web site,, receives more than 1 million visitors each month. The author realizes most of his readers will be new and part-time investors in residential rentals, both houses and apartments. He well understands that these investors want to enjoy the ownership benefits while minimizing the property management hassles and drawbacks created by "tenants and toilets." Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. As a longtime investor in residential rentals and frequent speaker to realty investment clubs around the n...