The 2015-2016 series of the City of Portland’s Landlord Training Program marks the seventeenth training series coordinated by the City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services, Neighborhood Inspections Team. Funding for this last series of the Landlord Training Program was provided from the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Portland Housing Bureau, and the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
The Landlord Training Program generally offers eight training sessions annually, held at various locations throughout the City. The training sessions are divided into four in the Spring and four in the Fall. This past year 860 people attended. This is the largest to-date attendance record. This translates into the Landlord Training Program theoretically impacting a total of 17,943 rental units, of which 10,695 are in Portland (this is based upon statistical information provided by attendees).
The Landlord Training program reaches out to the city’s residential landlords and property managers to provide 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 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. To date over 19,500 Portland area property owners and managers have attended these training classes representing over 401,033 rental units.
The Portland Housing Bureau joined the program sponsors this year during the Spring 2016 session. Along with best practices, trainees get actionable information about fire prevention issues from the Portland Fire Marshal’s Office in addition to information provided by Crime Prevention Specialists and information specific to Property Maintenance/Housing minimum standards for the City of Portland.
This training is geared to provide a broad range of information to first time attendees. For those who have attended and are looking for more information, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention offers monthly Landlord Forums http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/59394.
Watch for the 2016 Fall series to be scheduled in November/December 2016 on the BDS webpage http://www.portlandoregon.gov/BDS/31887.