Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Two Bellingham Programs Assist Rental Property Owners

The City of Bellingham offers two programs to assist rental owners in maintaining their properties. One provides loans for repairs of rentals and the other a means to keep rentals crime free.

"The purpose of the City of Bellingham Rental Rehabilitation Program (RRP) is to assist qualified investor owners of rental properties located within the City limits to rehabilitate existing units and to increase the supply of rental housing stock available to low and moderate income families." RRP details can be found on the City of Bellingham website by clicking here. For additional information you can phone Lisa Manos at 778-8391 or send an email to her at lmanos@cob.org.

The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is part of an international program that began in 1992 and is now available in over 40 states in the US. In spite of its name, the program is also available to owners of single family rentals. From the city's website is this, "The Bellingham Police Department coordinates the training for the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. It consists of an 8 hour training session presented by representatives from police, local screening companies, landlord-tenant attorneys, and fire. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive approach to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in rentals. A certificate is awarded upon the completion of the 8 hour class. Rental owners and managers benefit greatly, learning how this program can increase profits and prevent crime too!" You can find information on this program by clicking here. You can also call Officer Mark Young at the Bellingham Police Department at 778-8618 or send an email to myoung@cob.org.

The Zonemaven finds it interesting that on one hand the city offers these programs to rental owners in recognition of problems having to do with the condition of rentals while the Mayor contends that there is no need for rental licensing and inspections for health and safety reasons.

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