Started in October 2004, the goal of Ogden City’s Good Landlord Program is to address aspects of property management that may encourage the elimination of code violations and public nuisances while controlling and preventing illegal activity on rental properties that affect the quality of life within our neighborhoods.
The program provides financial incentives to landlords who actively implement the objectives of the landlord training course, keep their properties free of criminal activity, and maintain their properties free of code violations. It also authorizes a discount toward disproportionate impact fees assessed against rental dwellings under the City’s business licensing regulations. Disproportionate impact fees are assessed based on the amount of police and fire services provided to rental dwellings; the discount is offered to landlords who help the City reduce the occurrences for such services required on rental properties.
Effective October 1, 2016, Ogden City and Adult Probation and Parole are participating in a pilot waiver program to allow a landlord whose property is licensed under Ogden’s good landlord incentive program to rent to an individual who would otherwise not qualify to reside in such property due to the individual presently being on probation or parole or due to his or her criminal background.
An individual presently on probation or parole who desires to reside in a good landlord property must obtain a waiver from Ogden City business licensing. A landlord desiring to rent to a waiver tenant must contact business licensing to confirm the validity of the waiver prior to entering into a lease agreement with that individual.
This program recognizes the goal of the Utah legislature, through adoption of the Utah Justice Reinvestment Initiative, to maintain secure communities while recognizing the risks and treatment needs of individual offenders. To learn more about the program, please call Ogden City business licensing at 801-629-8687 or read the full policy change.
Good Landlord Program Requirements
Landlords must complete an eight-hour training course through the program that teaches them to maximize the use of rental applications, screen tenants through background checks and credit checks, identify criminal activity, observe zoning laws, avoid discrimination, and comply with the Fair Housing Act. Over 1,300 landlords have already received the training. Once landlords complete the initial training, a four-hour refresher course is required every other year. The Good Landlord Program builds a better rapport with tenants, apartment owners, apartment associations, city personnel, police, and realtors. This partnership approach has been fundamental to the program’s overall success.
A summary of landlord requirements includes,
- Completing the landlord training program
- Properly screening tenant applications, background checks, and credit checks
- Maintaining properties free of criminal activity, code violations and other public nuisances
- Being current on city business licenses and fees
Good Landlord Program Benefits
Since its induction in 2004, approximately 65% of Ogden rental units have qualified for the Good Landlord incentive, which means the property owners qualified for a 90% discount on their annual business license fees. In its first year of the program, landlords who diligently followed the guidelines also saw a reduction in crime at their properties—in fact, 11.6% reduction in crime, according to reports.
A summary of program benefits include,
- More profitable property ventures
- Potentially enhanced property values
- Better maintained and operated properties
- Decreased crime
- Business license 90% fee reductions
The Good Landlord program is building more awareness that prevention really does reduce, and may even eliminate, crime and unprofitable ventures associated with apartment ownership. Participating in the program proves to enhance property values by decreasing not only crime but also poorly maintained and improperly operated rental properties.
Please contact Ogden City's Business Licensing Division for assistance with the Good Landlord Program.
With happier tenants, safer neighborhoods and more profitable landlords, all of us enjoy a better community!