Effective property management requires comprehensive knowledge of landlord and tenant issues, building maintenance and people skills. Certain government-sponsored programs offer free property management training to assist landlords and property managers operate rental properties.
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development organizes courses through its Public Outreach and Education Program. For example, it offers a free 10-hour "Introduction to Property Management" class. The class topics cover the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, tax exemptions and loan programs.
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New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development 100 Gold Street New York, NY 10038 212-863-8830 nyc.gov/hpd
City of Portland, Oregon
The City of Portland provides a free eight-hour landlord training program, "Keeping Rental Property Safe and Free of Illegal Activity," offered under the Bureau of Development Services. This course incorporates crime prevention measures related to property management, such as tenant screening and crisis resolution.
Bureau of Development Services 1900 SW 4th Ave. # 5000 Portland, OR 97201 503-823-7300 portlandoregon.gov/bds
The Federal National Mortgage Association
The Federal National Mortgage Association, known as Fannie Mae, has a free download of the publication, "Becoming a Landlord," on its website.