Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program was developed to assist property owners/managers in managing their properties. The program emphasizes cooperation among property owners, tenants and the City of Newton to help neighborhoods fight crime and disorder. It is our belief that by working together we can significantly reduce the negative impact crime has on our city.
The CFMH Program is mandatory for all residential rental property owners who own four or more units within the city limits. Property owners must complete the CFMH program online training prior to being issued their rental permits. A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the course. The training is required every three years.
COURSE INSTRUCTIONS: The purpose of the training is to make property owners/managers aware of the CFMH Program requirements and the laws and ordinances relating to the renting/leasing of property within the City of Newton and to emphasize your responsibilities and those of your tenants.
WHAT IS THE COST OF CRIME FOR RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS?
- A decline in property value
- Property damage
- Civil penalties
- Criminal charges
- The suspension or loss of your city license to rent the unit
- Loss of rent
- Fear and frustration
- Resentment and anger between neighbors and property owners/managers
- Increased safety risks for tenants and visitors
WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF BEING AN ACTIVE MANAGER WHO WORKS TO REDUCE CRIME AT RENTAL PROPERTIES?
- A stable, more satisfied tenant base
- Increased demand for rental units
- Lower maintenance repair costs
- Improved personal safety for tenants, property owners, managers and neighbors
- A positive presence in the community
SOME THINGS YOU WILL LEARN FROM THE COURSE
- City Code
- Human rights and fair housing
- Evictions and court proceedings
- Applicant screening
- Active property management
- Nuisance abatement
- Rental agreements
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
If you have any questions regarding the Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program, contact Community Engagement Officer Britton at 641-791-0850.