The Edmonton Apartment Association and Edmonton Police have teamed up to offer a Crime Free Multi-Housing Workshop on May 9 and 10.
The Crime Free Rental Housing Program began in 1992 when a law enforcement officer sought a more effective and creative way to lower crime in neighbourhoods with rental properties. The program involves training landlords and property managers how to spot and prevent crimes, screen tenants, and work effectively with law enforcement.
In return, certified properties can proudly display the “Crime Free” Certificate, which studies prove helps attract quality tenants.
Through a multi-tiered approach that includes education of landlords and property managers, and an inspection and evaluation of the premises by law enforcement, the Crime Free Multi-Housing program achieved almost instant success, with rental properties showing as much as a 96% reduction in crime or police intervention.
The program is equally effective in single family rentals.
Benefits of joining the program can include:
Lower maintenance and repair costs,
Increased property values, and
Reduced exposure to civil liability.
The police keep the certification on file, and the Certificate can be used for marketing the rental property to tenants, the property management community or in business directories like the Chamber of Commerce.
Working in conjunction with local police, landlords and property managers can reduce or eliminate property damage that occurs from abuse, retaliation, neglect, police searches, fire resulting from drug manufacturing or grow operations, loss of rent during the eviction and repair periods, fear and frustration when dealing with dangerous and threatening residents or their guests, increased resentment and anger between neighbours and property managers, and the loss of valued residents.
For more information or to sign up for the Edmonton workshop, contact the Edmonton Apartment Association at (780) 413-9773. To arrange a workshop in your area, speak to your local law enforcement service.
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