Marcia Stewart

Legal Editor

Marcia Stewart wrote and edited Nolo books on landlord-tenant law, real estate, and other consumer issues. She co-authored the first and several subsequent editions of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First HomeEvery Landlord's Legal GuideFirst-Time LandlordEvery Tenant's Legal GuideLeases and Rental Agreementsand Renters' Rights. She edited dozens of Nolo books, including The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit.

Articles By Marcia Stewart

Organizing Paperwork for Your Home Sale
Being organized is key to a successful (and sane) home sale.
What Paperwork Must I Give Buyers of My House That's in a Homeowners' Association?
Organizing all the documents you need specific to selling a house that belongs to the HOA.
Hawaii Notice Requirements to Terminate a Month-to-Month Tenancy
Find out how much advance notice you or the landlord must provide to terminate a rental agreement that runs month-to-month in Hawaii.
Sample Letter: When Landlord Violates Tenant Privacy
Let your landlord know you mean business when it comes to protecting your privacy
Sample Letter to Landlord: Permission to Add a Roommate
Get your landlord’s written okay before moving in a new roommate
Sample Letter to Landlord: Security Concerns and Alerts
How to get your landlord to fix a dangerous security problem
Breaking a Lease and Leaving Early
Find out what landlords can (and can’t) do when tenants leave before the end of their lease.
Protect Your Security Deposit When You Move In
Record the condition of the property to safeguard your security deposit.
What's Dual Agency in a Real Estate Transaction and Why Should I Avoid It?
Potential for conflicts of interest and lack of a committed negotiator when house buyer and seller use the same real estate agent.
Buying a House: What Expenses Will I Have to Pay Up Front?
Be sure to take closing costs, moving fees, and other expenses into account when planning for a real estate purchase.