The 2013-2014 series of the City of Portland’s Landlord Training Program marks the fifteenth training series coordinated by the City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services' Neighborhood Inspections Team. The Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement provided funding for this training series.
The Landlord Training Program generally offers eight training sessions annually, held at various locations throughout the City. The training sessions are four sessions in the Spring and four in the Fall. In our last series, 776 people attended the the Landlord Training Program potentially impacting a total of 25,235 rental units, of which 22,393 are in Portland (based upon statistical information provided by attendees).
The Landlord Training Program reaches out to the City’s residential landlords and property managers providing useful, actionable information that can be used to improve the health and livability of Portland neighborhoods. With the ongoing success of the Training Series, the City is continuing to receive the benefit of the Program’s original intent started over two decades ago — to promote community safety and neighborhood livability by elevating the likelihood of rental housing managers using responsible, effective management and maintenance practices. Since it started, over 17,750 Portland area property owners and managers have attended Program classes representing over 360,000 rental units.
In 2011-2012, Portland Fire & Rescue joined the program as presenters. Trainees are now getting more actionable information about fire prevention issues. In addition, trainees receive information provided by Crime Prevention Specialists, Neighborhood Response Team Police Officers, and are provided information specific to Property Maintenance/Housing minimum standards for the City of Portland.
The Program provides a broad range of information to first-time attendees. For those who have previously attended and are looking for more information, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention offers monthly Landlord Forums.
Watch for the 2014-2015 Fall series to be scheduled in October/November on the BDS Landlord Training Program webpage.