The City of Countryside recently adopted an ordinance, (15-40-O), creating a Crime Free Rental Housing Program. The Crime Free Rental Housing Program is a state-of-the-art crime prevention program designed to reduce criminal activity in and around apartments and rental properties. This program was successfully developed by the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992.
Countryside’s newly enacted Crime Free Rental Housing Program gives rental property owners and managers a powerful tool to help reduce the chances of criminal activity in individual rented units.
The cornerstone of the program is a lease addendum that puts potential tenants on notice that they are liable for any criminal activity within their units and, if criminal activity does occur, the lease can be terminated and the eviction process initiated.
By establishing this successful program, the City of Countryside hopes to reduce police calls for service, build a more stable resident base, reduce exposure to civil liability, and improve the quality of life in residential neighborhoods.