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Dubuque landlords attend mandatory crime free training

Even with more than 30 years in the landlord business, Nancy Bradley is still learning.

"Some of the laws have changed that I wasn't fully aware of," she said.

Among others in her line of work, Bradley sits in on a training program.

The seminar is nothing new but the city council has now deemed it mandatory in response to a recommendation from a safety community task force.

"One of the things that was repeated quite a bit with the work of the task force is that sometimes there's some problems with rental properties," said Jerelyn O'Connor, a neighborhood developmental specialist with the city of Dubuque.

The goal of the program, city officials say, is to make sure all landlords are educated so that they have the necessary tools to help keep their properties crime-free.

The class empowers landlords to be proactive, making them aware of available resources.

The city of Dubuque provides free criminal background checks for potential tenants and even a security inspection of the property.

"A police officer will actually come out to the property and actually look at issues like lighting and locks and make some suggestions," O'Connor said.

Safety has always been a top concern in Bradley's units.  She sees value in the training program in helping landlords do their part in maintaining a safe environment.

"There are things we can do and there are things we shouldn't do, and if we're all well-informed about those, everybody's going to benefit by that," Bradley said.

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