FREE Landlord Training, Sat. 9/17/16, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Learn about resources available in the city of St. Louis to prevent and abate nuisance. This four hour workshop will include the importance of comprehensive tenant screening, an overview of the City’s Nuisance Ordinance, Project 87, and a review of environmental conditions that contribute to nuisance. Hear from the city’s professionals who can help prevent and abate nuisance, including Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Annette Bridges, 23 Ward Alderman Joe Vacarro, City Attorney Michelle Burriel, Judge Joan Miller, and Heather Gasama of the Health Department’s Environmental Health Service division. This is a free event. Please register here. The training is at a NEW LOCATION, 4500 Shaw Ave, Monsanto Center, Botanical Garden Library Building, St. Louis, MO 63110
This activity is funded by a HUD Community Development Block Grant, via the St. Louis Community Development Administration.
Tenant screening service available at TheScreenDoor.org, a service of Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC.
At the May 17, Landlord Training, attendees learned about energy efficiency for rental property. Richard Reilly, Residential Energy Programs Manager at the Missouri Botanical Garden, discussed energy audits and the return on investment for common energy improvements.
The Energy Efficiency Program Managers from Laclede Gas and Ameren shared specifics on their Energy Efficiency Programs for Residential, Commercial, and Low Income Property. www.AmerenMissouri.com/CommunitySavers, www.AmerenMissouri.com/rebates , www.SaveWithNaturalGas.com
Emily Andrews, Executive Director, US Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter, discussed why it is important to track your energy use. Energy Star Portfolio Manager is a benchmarking tool that is available for free. https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager
U.S. Bank shared various options for financing energy efficiency improvements and talked about taking a creative approach to the matter. www.usbank.com
Tony Johnson, Program Director of Weatherization at the Urban League, shared details on their Weatherization Program targeted for low income home owners and tenants. The program may provide for an energy audit, insulation, sealing & air leak repair, dryer venting, installing weather stripping, window & door repair or replacement, furnace / hot water tank repair or replacement. Included here are links to the various programs that were presented.
This activity is funded by a HUD Community Development Block Grant via the St. Louis Community Development Administration and U.S. Bank.
Stan Presson of Fox Grove Management shared the wealth of his experience at the June 9, 2015, Landlord Training on Property Management Practices. Highlights included:
How to attract and retain good residents
Tenant application & tenant screening
Rules of conduct
The importance of communication
How to avoid nuisance activity
Steps to remedy nuisance tenants and problem properties
Tenant Criteria; Credit history, rental history, criminal background check, income verification
Thank you to Stan for a great presentation and to the 64 landlords who attended the class.
At our May 12, 2015, Landlord Training, four area banks shared specifics on their lending procedures for Financing Rental Renovations. Financial institutions included: Commerce Bank, Peoples National, PNC Bank, and US Bank. Historic Preservationist, Michael Allen of the Preservation Research Office provided an overview of State and Federal Historic Tax Credit programs and how to utilize these credits. Mr. Allen’s presentation included case studies with successful and rejected tax credit projects. This activity is funded by a HUD Community Development Block Grant via the St. Louis Community Development Administration.
The objective of the March 15, Landlord Training on the Eviction Process was to familiarize the audience with steps necessary for eviction and remedies for a problem tenant. Thirty-five south side landlords attended the event, held at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
The presentation included an overview of the roll of the nuisance process for the City of St. Louis’ Problem Property Unit, a panel of experienced landlords shared successful and failed remedies in dealing with problem tenants, an explanation of how to effectively provide legal notice to tenants using a professional process server, an overview of the accounting and tax ramifications of a problem tenant and eviction, and finally an explanation of the eviction process; rent and possession, unlawful detainer, breach of lease, judgment enforcement and housing court matters.
Landlords were presented with resources available in the City of St. Louis to help manage their rental property. We learned about the two main types of eviction, the steps necessary for a legal eviction, and steps to take to avoid problem tenants and to remedy the situation before filing for eviction.
Speakers included :
1.Chloe Hollett, J.D., Neighborhood Improvement Supervisor, a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, formerly a Commissioner for the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency of the City of St. Louis.
2. Police Officer Dave Krapf, a problem property officer for the St. Louis Metro Police District
3. Floyd Wright, a 20+ year veteran landlord and property manager, founding member of the Southwest Property Owners Association, with experience managing his four family rental properties
4. Barto Garcia, owner of Garcia Properties, a residential and commercial real estate company, with experience managing residential rental properties with 1 – 30 units.
5. Stephanie Noecker, a realtor with Equity Missouri and manager of her property, with 10 years experience managing 1 – 18 unit buildings
6. Pat Medley, a professional process server and proprietor of Speedy Courier
7. Allen Jackson, a Certified Public Accountant, Attorney, and landlord, with AJ Tax & Accounting Services
8. Chris Baylor, an Attorney at the Law Offices of Katharyn B. Davis, LLC. His practice is in real estate litigation, including rent and possession, unlawful detainer, breach of lease, judgment enforcement and housing court matters.
Our next Landlord Training will take place on Wednesday, April 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The topic will be Lead-Based Paint, Renovation, Repair and Painting Program.