The City of Raleigh, in partnership with property managers and the legal community, has prepared a training course to help landlords enhance the quality of living on their properties. Rental property owners and managers, real estate agents, lawyers and others who deal with rental issues are encouraged to to attend its Landlord Training Program.
The class covers a variety of topics that are important to people who own or manage rental housing. They include:
- Screening of rental applicants
- Rental agreements
- Legal steps to resolve problems
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
- Nuisance violations
- The federal Housing Choice Voucher Program, known as Section 8
- Role of the Police, Inspections and Community Services departments
- Rental Dwelling Registration and Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit (PROP) ordinances
Instruction is provided by the Police, Inspections and Community Services departments, City Attorney's Office, Triangle Apartment Association, Blue Ridge Properties Corporation, Raleigh Housing Authority and Hatch, Little & Bunn LLP.
Cost and Continuing Education Credits
There is a registration fee for all participants. Registration for all general participants and real estate agents seeking NCREC credit hours is $25. 00. Registration for continuing education credits is $175.00.
Lawyers who take the class are eligible for six hours of continuing education credits from the North Carolina State Bar. Real estate agents receive four credit hours from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.
Dena Daniels, who manages a large apartment complex in Raleigh, says the class is worthwhile for every property manager. "If you are anyone from a newbie to an experienced person, this one-day class is a good investment for your dollars," she says.
Janet Howard, who owns several duplexes in southeast Raleigh, is among those who have benefited from the class. "It was more engaging than I had anticipated," she says. "It's informative, and I like the fact that it highlights the important parts" of managing property.
Debra Hyson, rental housing owner and manager, says the class increased her awareness. "I would strongly recommend any landlord or property owner who has never taken it to take the landlord training at least once, even it is just for the information that is given out," Hyson says.
The October 23, 2013 landlord training class is now full. Each session holds a maximum of 50 participants.
We will post dates for the 2014 classes as soon as they have been confirmed.