Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

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crimefreeThe Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is an international program that began in 1992 and has spread to 43 states and 4 Canadian Provinces, and over 1,700 cities. 

Although it was originally intended for multifamily properties, we find that owners and managers of single-family rental properties receive as much benefit from this program as multifamily properties. 

Landlord Training Component 

The “landlord” training phase (1) of the program is open to any interested landlords or managers regardless of their desire to fully participate as a certified “Crime Free Housing” property. This training is beneficial for all landlords and managers regardless of the size or type of their properties. Upcoming training dates are found under the “announcements” link on this page. 

Benefits of the program

  • A stable, more satisfied tenant
  • Increased demand for rental property
  • Lower maintenance and repair costs
  • Improved property values
  • Improved personal safety for renters
  • Appreciative neighbors
  • More time spent on routine management
  • Less time spent on crisis control

Costs of Illegal Activity 

When disruptive/criminal tenants operate out of your rental property, neighborhoods suffer and landlords pay a high price. That price may include:

  • Decline in property values -- particularly when the activity begins affecting the reputation of the neighborhood.
  • Property damage arising from abuse, retaliation, or neglect; property damage from police raids.
  • Fire resulting from the manufacturing or growing of illegal drugs.
  • Civil penalties, including temporary closure of property -- or even property seizure.
  • Loss of rent during the eviction and repair periods.
  • Fear and frustration when dealing with dangerous and threatening tenants.
  • Increased resentment and anger between neighbors and property managers.
  • Loss of good tenants due to frustration of dealing with problem tenants.

Crime Free Multi-Housing Program 

Phase 1: A 6 hour seminar is presented at the Appleton Police Department. Once completed, a certificate is awarded.  

Phase 2: A security assessment is conducted by the crime free coordinator and minimal security standards must be met for certification. 

Phase 3: Communication with residents is established. A property that has more than 10 units needs to have one organized meeting a year. If you have 1-10 units you only need to provide reference material to the residents provided by the police department for certification.

Once all phases are completed, and certified, the property owner and/or manager is eligible to apply to use the Crime Free Multi-Housing signs and/or our copyrighted logo for use in advertising. 

Property owners and managers are also asked to use the Crime Free Lease Addendum on their lease/s.