City of Tacoma offers tips on crime-free rental housing

In an effort to help landlords in Tacoma eliminate crime at their rental properties, the City of Tacoma is offering a free, crime-free rental housing training program.
The purpose of the program is to assist those who own or work with rental properties within Tacoma in developing effective partnerships in a neighborhood environment and to foster a safe, healthy place to live.
The crime-free seminar uses a three-level approach to eliminate crime at the rental properties and to reduce calls for police service. The training focuses on: prevention and applicant screening; drug nuisance abatement procedures; and resource materials.
Highlights of what this seminar can do for you:
— Give you a better return for your money
— Higher occupancy rate
— Less turnover and more reliable residents
— Less graffiti, vandalism and crime in the community
— Rent paid on a timely basis
If you wish to attend, you may sign up now for the next free seminar, which will be held on Feb. 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tacoma Fleet Operations Building, 3639 S. Pine St., Tacoma.
For additional training dates, times and locations, call the Crime Free Rental Housing Coordinator, Audrey Hornbuckle at (253) 591-5048. Seating is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with City residents and rental property owners given priority.