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CR Ordinance Leads to Landlord Training Course

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--Hundreds of landlords throughout Cedar Rapids gathered for a training session earlier today.

It's part of Safe-CR. A city program designed to improve neighborhood conditions and the city's living environment.

"I've learned that there are a lot more special requirements such as home inspections and registering people, said landlord Lee Boleyn.

Special requirements landlord Lee Boleyn says aren't necessary.

"It's just more laws and requirements that landlords have to do that the normal residents of Cedar Rapids wouldn't have to do, he said.

Under the Safe-CR program anyone who owns a rental property is required to attend a rental business training session.

"Safe-CR is important. It's about quality of life, livability, safe clean neighborhoods, said council woman Susie Weinacht.

"The goal of the ordinance, which is chapter 22 A, is to ensure that all citizens are held to the same minimum standards of property maintenance, said Amanda Grieder, Nuisance Property Abatement Coordinator.

The ordinance was adopted to reduce the number of calls for service by multiple city departments. It's meant to bring nuisance properties back into compliance.

City leaders say it holds landlords accountable, ensuring that properties in the area are well maintained even if they aren't occupied.

"This is just a way to provide landlords with tools to be successful in their business, Grieder said.

Still Boleyn says he's doing just fine without those tools.

"Yeah I don't know that there is a problem. If it's not broke, why fix it. So I don't quite understand what we're trying to fix here, he said.

About five to six percent of property owners still haven't completed the training.

The city has an additional training session on June 30th. Landlords who don't take the course will have their landlord business permit revoked.
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