A guide to 'accidental landlording'

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They’re called "accidental landlords" or "reluctant landlords" — and during this housing downturn, more of them seem to pop up every day.

They’re the homeowners who have tried — and failed — to sell their houses, so they’ve decided to find tenants who will move in and pay rent.

That’s only the first of many decisions they’ll have to make, says Leigh Robinson, a landlord and writer with 30-plus years of experience with tenants, leases and maintenance.