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Raleigh officers receive housing code training

Posted August 30, 2009

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— Raleigh police say requiring landlords to register rental properties is helping to curb crime and identify code violations.

As of January, the Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit, or PROP, ordinance has required landlords to register every rental property in Raleigh with city inspectors. The registration fee is $30 for the first rental unit in a building and $10 for each extra unit in that building or complex.

The ordinance was designed to help alert officials of minimum housing, zoning or nuisance law violations, and of recurring criminal behavior. A training session was held Sunday to help officers more easily identify those violations.

“We did this in an effort to make every officer in the city very familiar with the revised property ordinance, particularly the noise violations and the nuisance party violations,” said Capt. J.C. Perry, with the Raleigh Police Department.

Officers at the training said they often get loud party calls near North Carolina State University. With the expanded PROP ordinance, officers can track which addresses citywide get the most nuisance calls.

The ordinance also helps with identifying repeat areas of  “prostitution, gambling, alcohol violations, weapons violations and things of that nature,” Perry said.

Officers said the ordinance also alerts landlords of what is really going on with their renters, and helps city inspectors keep up with code violations, such as structural, electrical and front-yard parking.

“It's just another set of eyes. There's only 20 of us inspectors for the whole city, and of course we have 800 (police) officers out there, so it does help,” Raleigh city inspector James Riggs said.

Failure to register a property can lead to fines of up to $2,000 per month.

Tenants can be fined $100 for noise or nuisance violations, and some crimes they commit can be held against the landlord's permit, under the ordinance.

Landlords who receive several violations can be fined and forced to attend management classes.

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said 90 percent of rental properties in the city have been registered. It is estimated that rental fees could generate more than $800,000 a year for the city.

The city initially adopted the PROP ordinance four years ago. Last year, the Raleigh Police Department pushed for the tougher regulations to crack down on bad landlords.


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  • Tarheelfan13 Aug 31, 2009

    All this is is more government and another source of instant tax revenue.

  • alwayslovingu30 Aug 31, 2009

    It actually all about the money for the city.I dont care how much they have or get an cheat people out of its never enough.Infect the whole truth an nothing but the truth

  • RPD07 Aug 31, 2009


    To give you a little more facts in the case:

    The "innocent" driver that was killed was actually making a LEFT hand turn from the RIGHT lane. He was making an illegal turn himself without using a TURN SIGNAL to give the driver behind him a warning. Oh, and he also has alcohol in his system.......

    It looks like both drivers contributed to this crash.

    Do you want any more questions answered about this crash?

  • FE Aug 31, 2009

    PLEASE give it a rest - What the PERP was doing in no way can be interpreted as what the POLICE were doing. The guy could have merely seen the police car (turn around?) and hit the gas to get away.

    (I refer you to the Sen Soles story about the guy who wrecked the Corvette near SC while evading the police there.)

    He WAS drunk, ya know!

    Do you have a seriously large chip on your shoulder toward law enforcement officers, perhaps?


  • Journey985 Aug 31, 2009

    Well FE, if you call evading the officers at more than 85 mph (reported speed by the POLICE) at the time of the crash not High Speed, please let me know what you consider high speed, because 85 down Old Wake Forest Rd. is not what I would call a Sunday afternoon drive!

  • FE Aug 31, 2009

    Well, since you insist, Journey:

    The recent tragedy with E Ogburn involved a drunk driver. He could have been fleeing with ZERO pursuit having ever occurred by the LEOs.

    There is a world of difference between a "high speed pursuit" (NO indication exists of such) and merely "police also said they were pursuing Henderson" (as stated in the WRAL news story).

    I see no useful purpose here in blaming the police in ANY way, shape, or form for the tragedy that occurred in N Raleigh over the weekend.

    And on the topic of the housing code stuff: Looks like yet another way for the tax people to scrounge some money (who do they think eventually PAYS the fees?!?) while giving the police some more trivial stuff to deal with.


  • ncwebguy Aug 31, 2009

    RPD is already going to houses on a daily basis. This isn't adding to their work, but will pass it along to the inspections department. In turn, inspections can get by with a smaller staff and focus on inspections, not going door to door to make sure every house is up to code.

    It is sad that some people think running a nusiance rental house anywhere a legit "business". PROP ensures the rental stock is managed/watched to be up to code and rented to tenants who are not habitually disruptive to the surrounding community.

  • Journey985 Aug 31, 2009

    FE, my original comment was to the fact that the officers are getting housing code training instead of a refresher course on high speed pursuits (death of my friend at SAS EddieOgburn). I felt that training might be just a little more important than officers worrying about housing codes.

  • FE Aug 31, 2009

    What in the world does all this talk about a "pursuit" have to do with the topic of this story, namely rental housing issues???

  • Journey985 Aug 31, 2009

    As for "Police Bashing" rjacks, I do not "Hate" LEO's. I dislike their attutudes. For instance, getting it in their heads that they are going to catch anyone that has the audacity to try and run from them. Or the attitude that they do not have to obey the same traffic laws as the rest of the public( speeding without cause, lack of signaling when changing lanes etc.)or even the attitude that a person does not have the right to disagree with what an officer is saying. So while I respect the job they do, I do not respect their attitudes...BIG difference!!