Janet Portman Expert Legal Advice on Landlord and Tenant Issues
Janet Portman, author, attorney, and nationally recognized specialist in landlord/tenant law, is managing editor at Nolo, the nation’s recognized leader in providing legal information for consumers and small businesses. Portman oversees editorial work on all Nolo books and software. She is the author or co-author of Every Landlord’s Legal Guide, Every Tenant’s Legal Guide, and LeaseWriter Plus software, plus six other books, all published by Nolo.
Barry Stone Building Inspection Advice and Expert
Barry Stone began his career in 1969 overseeing and partaking in the building and design aspects of residential construction projects. In 1978, having received his general contractor’s license, Barry ventured into his own construction and remodeling business. During this time, his exposure to indiscriminate violations and loose interpretations of the Uniform Building Code by tradespersons and contractors heightened his awareness of the vulnerability of consumers in these areas.
Paul Bianchina Construction Advice and Handyman Help
Mr. Bianchina is a writer specializing in the how-to construction field. He has written for such publications as Home Mechanix, Home, Family Handyman, Workbench, Custom Builder, and many others. He is a former contributing remodeling editor for Twenty-One Magazine, and has been a contributor to World Book Encyclopedia on several construction-related topics.
Robert Griswold Real Estate Advice
Mr. Griswold is the host of a live, weekly radio talk show, Real Estate Today!, now in its 10th year He has been twice awarded the #1 radio or television real estate journalist in the country by the National Association of Real Estate Editors in their 48th and 49th Annual National Journalism competition. The first award was for Real Estate Today! with Robert Griswold and the latest was for his work for NBC News.
Helene Lesel Landlord and Tenant Rights
Helene Lesel is author of the syndicated “Rental Savvy” column, which has appeared in the Los Angeles Times since 2001. Handling rental property since 1985, Ms. Lesel works both with tenants and landlords in understanding their rights – and the right way to assert them.
Bill and Kevin Burnett Remodel and Renovation Experts
Bill Burnett, 52, lives in Oakland, California and works at the San Francisco Chronicle where he is assistant real estate editor. Along with other duties, he writes about renovation and remodeling. In 2002 his column, “Sweat Equity,” was judged best in the nation by the National Association of Real Estate Editors. His brother, Kevin Burnett, 53, has extensive experience in construction, remodeling and renovation of real estate projects.