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.

View the complete Crime Free Multi-Housing Ordinance here and the Crime Free Multi-Housing Lease Addendum here.


TRAINING INFORMATION

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.

The online training can be accessed at the link below. Please click on the green “Enroll for Free” tab at the top right corner of the page. You will be prompted to create an account to login to the course. This will allow you to revisit the course at a later date to review the materials or, if you cannot complete the course in one session, you can return at a later time and complete the remaining modules.

Please read through all sections of this presentation (topics listed on the left side of the screen). You will be required to successfully complete a 10-question certification exam (located under the "Tasks" tab) upon completion of the course materials in order to receive your certification and be eligible to apply or retain rental permits within the City of Newton. The exam questions are taken directly from the course materials, so it's important that you thoroughly read each section. Once you have completed the course the City will be notified and your certificate will be emailed to you.

CFMH Program Training Link

COST: Free.


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
  • Fire safety
  • Evictions and court proceedings
  • Applicant screening
  • Licensing and inspections
  • Active property management
  • Nuisance abatement
  • Rental agreements
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)


QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions regarding the Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program, contact Lieutenant Bill Henninger at 641-791-0850 or billh@newtongov.org.