City holds first landlord training session and schedules a second
Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined police and officials from the city's Neighborhood Empowerment Department on Sept. 24, 2013, to conduct the first training session for landlords and rental property managers.
More than 150 people signed up to learn about code requirements, code enforcement procedures, property maintenance and ways to deter crime. The half-day course was free.
Tampa officials plan to hold a second class from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2013. Scheduling and registration information is at tampagov.net/mayorslandlordtraining.
As a candidate for mayor, Buckhorn promised to launch a program to train the owners of rental properties about city codes and ways to prevent their rentals from falling into disrepair. Now that the classes have started, we rate this Promise Kept.
"MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayor Buckhorn Hosts First Landlord Training Course," from Ali Glisson, public affairs director for the city of Tampa, Sept. 23, 2013
Mayor's Landlord Training, http://www.tampagov.net/dept_neighborhood_services/information_resources/mayors_landlord_training.asp, accessed Sept. 25, 2013
Tampa announces landlord training program
During his run for mayor, Bob Buckhorn promised to create a landlord training program to teach the city's landlords about "code requirements, code enforcement procedures, and techniques for maintaining their properties in a manner that will help prevent code violations in our rental communities.”
When PolitiFact asked about the program in early 2012, Buckhorn said he couldn't start it until he filled the job of city housing director. The city's manager of housing and community development, Sharon West, retired in January 2012. More than a year later, that job still hadn't been filled — Buckhorn said he wasn't happy with the first group of applicants, so the city is re-advertising the position — but he announced on Feb. 22, 2013, the program will begin soon.
Buckhorn said the program will go ahead under the guidance of Jake Slater, the city's neighborhood services director.
Landlords, Buckhorn said, "need to know what we expect out of them.”
City officials hope to begin the program within a few months, but have yet to identify the initial class or to flesh out other details. The program will be voluntary, and Buckhorn expects that associations for Realtors and apartment managers will refer landlords to the city for training. The Tampa Housing Authority might also help identify owners of subsidized Section 8 rental housing who could go through the program.
"I think they're going to want to be a part of this,” Buckhorn said.
As a candidate, Buckhorn promised to create a landlord training program so that property owners know better how to maintain their rentals. Buckhorn has announced that the program is coming, but City Hall has provided scant detail on its schedule or how it will work. Until officials fill in the gaps, this promise will be rated In the Works.
Interviews with Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Feb. 22, and Feb. 26, 2013
Interview with Jake Slater, Tampa director of neighborhood services, Feb. 22, 2013
City of Tampa news release, Buckhorn to Create Neighborhood University for Next Generation of Neighborhood Leaders, Feb. 22, 2013
Landlord program awaits housing director
Back when he was a candidate, Bob Buckhorn promised to create a landlord training program to teach the city's landlords about "code requirements, code enforcement procedures, and techniques for maintaining their properties in a manner that will help prevent code violations in our rental communities."
But the promise hasn't seen much movement during the mayor's first year in office.
The city has been without a housing director since the beginning of 2012. The city's manager of housing and community development, Sharon West, retired on Jan. 4, 2012, according to city officials. A search is underway to fill the job.
That critical post must be filled before landlord training can start, Buckhorn said in an interview with PolitiFact Florida.
With no housing director yet in place, the promise doesn't seem to have gone very far. For now, we rate it Stalled.
Interview with Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Feb. 28, 2012