Marcia Stewart

Marcia Stewart writes and edits books on landlord-tenant law, real estate, small business, and other consumer issues.  She is a coauthor of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First HomeEvery Landlord's Legal Guide,  First-Time Landlord, Leases and Rental Agreements,  Every Tenant's Legal Guide, and Renters' Rights. She has edited dozens of Nolo books, including The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit.

Articles By Marcia Stewart

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.
Filing a Security Deposit Lawsuit in New Jersey Small Claims Court
Here’s an overview of the steps involved with filing a security deposit lawsuit in New Jersey.
Filing a Security Deposit Lawsuit in California Small Claims Court
Here’s an overview of the steps involved with filing a security deposit lawsuit in California.
Entry by the Landlord to Rental Property
Legal limits to landlords entering your rental
Deducting Cleaning and Repair Costs From a Security Deposit
Landlords may use security deposits to pay for repairs due to damage or excessive filth, but not for ordinary wear and tear.
Can I Sue My Landlord for an Illegal Eviction?
You can sue your landlord—but you need the law and provable facts on your sight to fight—and win—an eviction lawsuit.
What's the Difference Between a Tenant and a Subtenant?
A tenant has signed a lease or rental agreement with a landlord. A subtenant is someone who subleases or rents all or part of the rental property from a tenant.
Sample Letter to Landlord: Permission to Add a Roommate
Get your landlord’s written okay before moving in a new roommate
Writing a Letter of Complaint to a Landlord About Health or Safety Concerns
Put your requests for new locks, improved security, or a solution to other safety problems in the rental into writing.
Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in Vermont
Both landlords and tenants should be able to deal with many legal questions and problems without a lawyer, once they understand the basics of state law. This overview of key landlord-tenant laws in Vermont will get you started.