Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
The Mission Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a direct and solution-oriented crime prevention initiative, designed specifically to help apartment owners, managers, residents, police and other significant agencies work together to help keep illegal and nuisance activity off rental property. The Program provides training in the deployment of effective property management techniques, effective use of Residential Tenancy Law, and encourages people to take personal interest in what goes on in their apartment community. By signing a lease addendum, the tenants agree that they will not engage in criminal behavior on the rental property. Contravention of this Addendum is grounds for eviction under the rules of the Residential Tenancy Act.
Training is available as part of the three key elements of Crime Free Multi-Housing, described in detail below. The workshop is designed for Property Owners, Property Managers and Resident Managers and is required to complete the Phase One requirement for the CFMH Program.
For further information about how you can bring the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program to your property in Mission, please contact Jamie Nokes at the Mission Crime Prevention Office, 604-820-2722.
Goals of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program:
- Facilitate a cooperative effort and positive relationship between apartment owners, managers, residents, police and other agencies in keeping illegal and nuisance activity off rental properties.
- Through a pro-active, rather than reactive, approach to crime and nuisance behaviour, create a safer and more habitable environment in which law abiding residents may live.
- Train apartment owners, managers and residents in simple terms to know what they can do now, fairly and legally, to solve the problem of illegal and nuisance activity on their rental properties.
- Help owners and managers know how and when to use the civil process as an effective means of preventing, reducing and eliminating crime and nuisance activity.
- Reduction of police calls for service in apartment communities in order to free up police resources for other matters.
Three Key Elements of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program:
Phase I - Management training: Beginning with an 8 hour workshop, managers are educated on how to effectively manage their properties and use present legislation to stop the spread of illegal and nuisance activity on rental property
Phase II - Property security assessment: Using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, the apartment building and property is assessed by a Crime Free Coordinator and changes/improvements recommended. Apartments must meet minimum security requirements of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program to become fully certified in the Program.
Phase III - Resident training: Beginning with a Safety Social residents learn to work with owners, managers, police and other residents to be eyes and ears for their apartment community. A meeting is held annually to re-certify the property.
Successful completion of these three phases results in an apartment community becoming fully certified in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. Regular friendly reviews and annual re-certification ensures that the certified apartment community continues to meet the requirements of the Program and ensure the crime prevention goal.
The Costs Of Criminal And Nuisance Activity On Rental Property:
- Decline in property values when the activity begins to affect the reputation of the neighbourhood.
- Property damage arising from abuse, retaliation, neglect, as well as police searches.
- Fire resulting from drug manufacturing or grow operations.
- Loss of rent during the eviction and repair periods.
- Fear and frustration when dealing with dangerous and threatening residents or their guests.
- Increased resentment and anger between neighbours and property managers.
- The loss of valued residents.
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program will teach you:
Prevention and Applicant Screening
- How to effectively screen prospective residents.
- Tips to strengthen rental agreements.
- How to become a pro-active property manager.
- Development of life safety awareness.
- How code compliance can protect your rights as an owner.
Abatement of Criminal and Nuisance Behaviour
- How to recognize signs of drug and criminal activity.
- Actions to take when it is discovered that residents or their guests are conducting illegal activities on the property.
- Crisis resolution and Notice to End Tenancy process.
- Role of the police.
- How to improve the physical property and make it safer.
- Will receive handouts addressing life safety for residents, owners and property managers.
- Who to contact at agencies which can assist with management of property.
To register, forward the following information:
- Rental Apartment Name:
- Rental Apartment Address:
- Owners Name:
- Owners Phone and fax Number:
- Owners address:
- Property Manager/Caretaker Name:
- Property Manager/Caretaker phone and fax number:
- Property Manager/Caretaker Address:
Attention Jamie NOKES
Mission Crime Prevention Office
33131 First Avenue, Mission, BC V2V 1G5
Names will be collected and information provided regarding upcoming Crime Free Multi-Housing Phase I training programs.
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