Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Becoming a Landlord

  • 2

    1. Making the Decision

    • Do You Really Want to be a Landlord?

    • Advantages of Owning a Small Rental Property

    • Possible Drawbacks of Owning a Small Rental Property

    • Landlord Responsibilities and Obligations

    • State, Local, and Federal Statutes

    • Operating Your Business

    • Module 1 Assessment

  • 3

    2. Finding Reliable Tenants

    • How to Look for Tenants

    • What Fair Housing Laws Require of You

    • Establishing Selection Criteria

    • Making the Final Choice

    • Module Two Assessment

  • 4

    3. Taking Care of Business

    • Knowing What a Landlord Needs To Do

    • Collecting Rent — and Other Money

    • Providing a Safe, Clean Home

    • Enforcing Rental Policies

    • Asking Tenants to Sign Written Agreements

    • Evicting Problem Tenants

    • Module 3 Assessment

  • 5

    4. Getting the Tenant Moved In

    • Establishing Landlord and Tenant Relationships

    • Inspecting the Property

    • Establishing a Tenant File

    • Module 4 Assessment

  • 6

    5. Maintaining Your Property

    • How to Keep Your Property’s “Market Value” Up

    • Making Repairs and Improvements

    • How to Protect Your Home Against Emergencies

    • How to Make Your Home as Energy Efficient as Possible

    • Module 5 Assessment

  • 7

    6. Taking Care of Your Financial Responsibilities

    • Taking Care of Your Financial Responsibilities

    • Preparing Your Operating Budget for Rental Property

    • Preparing Your Monthly Personal Spending Planner

    • Types of Insurance

    • How to Maximize Your Tax Advantages

    • What You Need To Do to Obtain Tax Advantages

    • How You’re Taxed When You Sell Your Home

    • Even If You Take a Loss, You Gain

    • Module 6 Assessment

  • 8

    7. Ending Rental Tenancies

    • Ending Rental Tenancies

    • Ending Tenancies

    • When a Tenant Leaves

    • When You Should Consider Evicting a Tenant

    • What You Can Do to Avoid the Eviction Process

    • When You Should Initiate an Eviction

    • How You Should Conduct an Eviction

    • How Evictions Affect Your Maintenance Responsibilities

    • Module 7 Assessment

  • 9

    8. Hiring a Property Manager

    • Hiring a Property Manager

    • Deciding the Role of the Property Manager

    • How to Select a Property Manager

    • Module 8 Assessment

  • 10

    9. Earning Your Certificate of Achievement

    • Earning Your Certificate of Achievement

    • Final Quiz