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Bureau of Development Services Announces Spring Schedule for Landlord Training


City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services











March 13, 2009


Contact: Crystle Cowen, Neighborhood Inspections 503.823.7324

Today, the City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services, announced its spring 2009 Landlord Training Program. The classes work to build on a foundation of partnership between property owners, tenants, and City agencies to create safe communities and residences.

The classes are offered free of charge. At the end of each session, attendees are provided with a certificate that can be used for eight hours of real estate continuing education credit. Attendance also is required for the Enhanced Safety Properties Program through the Portland Police Bureau and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Crime Prevention Program.

The Bureau of Development Services partners with the Portland Police Bureau and other City offices to provide current, effective information on property management to ensure safe, crime free rental properties. Presentations are made by Housing Inspectors, Crime Prevention Specialists, and Police Bureau Neighborhood Response Team Officers. These City staff are also available at the training to answer attendee's questions. Useful information from other City bureaus, government agencies, and non-profits with an interest in the rental industry is on hand for attendees in the lobby of the training.

This program has received positive responses from attendees. It has been offered by the City of Portland for over 11 years and is facilitated by Campbell DeLong Resources, Inc., and has had over 13,000 attendees. Landlords who have taken the course say that they feel more confident in their ability to screen applicants, recognize signs of illegal activity, and take action or deal with problem tenant behaviors when they arise.

Over 400 cities and counties across the nation have adopted this program, and it has been nationally recognized through the Department of Justice for its unique benefits.

Topics covered in the eight hour training session include: property management to prevent crime or loss of investment, best practices in applicant screening, signs of dishonest applicants, rental agreements, crisis resolution/eviction, and partnering with police, crime prevention specialists, and housing inspectors.

Advanced registration is recommended and is available at Registration/sign in on the day of the class starts at 8:00 a.m. and class starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. and is approximately eight hours long.

Dates and locations for the four spring 2009 sessions are:

Friday, April 3

Kaiser Permanente Town Hall - Ballroom
3704 N Interstate Ave. Portland, OR, 97227
Parking: On-site, no cost
Tri-Met: MAX Light Rail - Yellow Line, Bus Lines 85 & 35

Saturday, April 4

Providence Portland Medical Center Cancer Center - Amphitheater
4805 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR, 97213
Parking: On-site, no cost
Tri-Met: Bus Line 19

Tuesday, April 21

Portland Building - Auditorium
2nd floor 1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland OR 97201
Parking: various pay for parking lots nearby
Tri-Met: all Max and Bus lines going downtown

Saturday, April 25

Portland Community College Cascade Campus - Terrell Hall Room 122
705 N. Killingsworth, 97217
Parking: On-site, no cost
Tri-Met: Bus Lines 4 and 72

Interested parties can get more information or register via the BDS website at or by calling the Landlord Training message line (503) 823-7955. The bureau will also perform a mass mailing and notification of neighborhood associations and related businesses.

About the Bureau of Development Services (BDS):
The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through the efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. In 2008, BDS staff issued 10,000 development permits, performed 193,000 permit inspections and processed 977 land use reviews for residential and commercial properties. For more information, visit our website at or call Alisa Cour at (503) 823-4017.


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