The Tenant Landlord Connection, a program of One Roof Community Housing, is presenting a series of free workshops to help area landlords better understand their rights and responsibilities with respect to local, state, and federal laws that govern the rental process.

All of our workshops are FREE and open to the public. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for a workshop, please contact Jackie Kemp at 218-727-5372 or jkemp@1roofhousing.org.

Smart Cents for Landlords — Tuesday, May 16th, from 5:00-7:00pm

Ask the banker before you go to the bank! This workshop will provide guidance on how to evaluate the financial health of your portfolio of properties, particularly with respect to what a bank may want to see in order to approve financing to obtain new investment properties. This workshop will be lead by Dale Lewis, former president of Park State Bank and will be located in the classroom space of our office building (Central Hillside Community Center: 12 East 4th Street, Duluth).

Fair Housing Workshop — Tuesday, June 6th, from 4:00-6:00pm

This workshop will cover all the considerations of Fair Housing that a landlord needs to know. Topics will include: important considerations regarding marketing units as well as screening prospective tenants; explanation of disparate impact and important recent HUD rulings to be aware of; landlord requirements to allow for and/or provide reasonable accommodations, including allowing physical alterations to a rental property; the difference between service animals, companion animals, and pets; what happens when a tenant files a fair housing complaint, and much more! This workshop will be lead by Roslynn Pedracine, an Investigator with HUD’s Minneapolis Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), and will be located in the Lakeview Social Hall of the First United Methodist (Coppertop) Church (230 East Skyline Pkwy, Duluth).

Landlord 101: The Basics — Tuesday, July 18th, from 2:00-4:00pm and, Tuesday, October 17th, from 5:00-7:00pm

Greg Smith from City of Duluth’s Life Safety Office will be present to discuss the process for licensing and inspections, and Tenant Landlord Connection staff will be presenting a variety of fundamental topics, from tenant screening to ending tenancy, the eviction process, and everything in between. Whether you are new to being a landlord or in need of a refresher, this is a great opportunity to obtain a foundation of basic knowledge.

Our Basics workshop is being offered twice in 2017 and will be held in the classroom space of our office building (Central Hillside Community Center: 12 East 4th Street, Duluth).

 

Mediation & Conflict Resolution:

In addition to offering workshops, we also offer one-on-one education for landlords and tenants when questions arise regarding rights or responsibilities, as well as free mediation services to help resolve a landlord-tenant conflict or dispute. The Tenant Landlord Connection is a neutral resource and does not advocate for either side or provide either party with legal advice. Our goal is to help landlords and tenants avoid costly court actions by facilitating a mutually beneficial agreement through mediation. Topics resolved through mediation include non-payment of rent, lease violations, mutual termination of the lease agreement, and much more! For more information about our mediation services, please contact the Tenant Landlord Connection at 218-727-5372 or jkemp@1roofhousing.org.