Ron Leshnower

Attorney · Boston University School of Law

Ron Leshnower is an attorney-author and nationally recognized expert on apartment topics. He has been invited to speak in front of audiences of housing professionals across the country, and he has appeared as an expert on CBS News and NBC News. He has also been quoted in The New York Times's "Real Estate Q&A" column, Advice,,, The Associated Press's "Your Money" series, the New York Daily News, Black Enterprise,, the Real Estate Intelligence Report,, and the Landlord Law Report, among other publications.

As the Founder and President of Fair Housing Helper, Ron conducts private fair housing training. He is the author of Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals (Hillocrian Creative), a Finalist in the "Business: Real Estate" Category of the 2014 International Book Awards, and Every Landlord's Property Protection Guide: 10 Ways to Cut Your Risk Now (Nolo), an #1 multi-category bestseller that can be found in law schools and libraries across the country.

In 2008, The New York Times Company's About Group selected Ron as the Guide to Apartment Living / Rental, a role he held for nearly six years. In that capacity, he wrote hundreds of articles and blog posts offering useful tips, explanations of key industry developments, and insightful commentary on a wide range of topics about rentals. Ron has written articles on a range of real estate topics for the National Apartment Association's Units Magazine,, as well as several trade newsletters, and he has also contributed as a guest blogger for

Ron earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts and is a member of the Authors Guild.

Follow Ron on Twitter at @aboutapartments and @fairhousing.

Articles By Ron Leshnower

Hurricanes and Flood Insurance: What Homeowners Should Know
To protect your home against hurricane and flood damage, purchase flood insurance.
California Rules Regarding Mold in Rental Properties
Here's what California landlords (and tenants) need to know about mold and the law.
Can Tenants Legally Stop Paying Their Rent Because of Mold in Their Apartments?
Tenant rights to deduct or withhold rent because of a mold problem.
The Fair Housing Act's Protected Classes: What Landlords Need to Know
Learn what groups of people are protected under federal anti-discrimination law.
Think Twice Before Turning Away Tenants With Section 8 Vouchers
Learn about landlords' legal responsibility to accept tenants with Section 8 vouchers.
Virginia Rules Regarding Mold in Rental Properties
Here's what Virginia landlords (and tenants) need to know about mold and the law.
Does the Federal Fair Housing Act Apply to Your Rental Property?
Learn federal fair housing law exemptions for different types of rental properties.
Dealing With Tenants Who Have an Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol
Learn how fair housing rules affect renting to tenants with an alcohol or drug problem or history.
When Should a Landlord Hire a Lawyer?
In some situations, property owners can benefit from a lawyer's help. Learn when to consult an attorney.
Maryland Rules Regarding Mold in Rental Properties
Here's what Maryland landlords (and tenants) need to know about mold and the law.