For landlords looking for assistance in handing a problem tenant, or for proactive landlords who want to prevent problems before they occur, the Crime Free Multi-Housing program offers many resources to help.
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program was designed to help tenants, owners, and the managers of rental property keep drugs and other illegal activity off their property. This program is free, honest and direct. It is solution oriented. It is designed to be easy, yet very effective in reducing the incident of crime in rental property.
Crime Free Multi-Housing
The benefits of joining the program include;
The following are way that our officers will assist you
The program utilized a unique three-part approach which ensures the crime prevention goal, while maintaining an approach which is very tenant-friendly.
Phase One involves an eight hour seminar presented by the police.
Phase Two will certify that the rental property has met the security requirements for the tenants' safety. In
Phase Three, a tenant crime prevention meeting will be conducted for full certification, and the managers will be granted the use of large metal signs for display on the property.
The management will also be granted the use of program logo in all advertisements. Call Officer Dale Daugherty at (816) 325-7875 for more information.
Landlords are encouraged to require a criminal background check as well as a credit check before renting and before lease renewal. Perspective tenants who have lived in Independence in the past can go to the Police station and obtain a printout on themselves for a nominal fee. An additional resource is Missouri Casenet
The Nuisance Abatement Program
One of the most successful programs, for assisting with neighborhood crime and disorder issues and repeat calls for service to the police department, has been the city’s ordinance against maintaining a nuisance.
City Ordinance 12.03.011, Prohibition Against Maintaining Nuisances states; "It shall be unlawful for any owner, occupant, or other person or legal entity with a lawful right to the use and enjoyment of any property to knowingly fail to abate any illegal activity upon, or nuisance related to, the property so owned, occupied or to which such a legal right exists."
What this means is both the property owner (landlord) and the tenant are responsible and are held accountable for illegal activity that occurs on the property. That means that if you are a landlord, and you rent to a person who has numerous calls for service on either the renter’s illegal activities or visitors, both the renter and you will be held accountable for violating this ordinance.
Certain types of criminal activity, such as drug violations, interfering or fighting with the police, and resisting arrest are addressed after the first violation. Each situation is handled on a case by case basis. The city currently has two nuisance abatement officers. These two officers track, notify and follow up with prosecution on all of these cases. They are very good at what they do and have become very efficient with this program in removing neighborhood problems and reducing crime and disorder in the city. If your property is flagged as a nuisance, you will receive a letter that explains steps to alleviate the problem.
If you have questions about the nuisance abatement program, please contact our officers at (816) 325-7874 or (816) 325-7875