Members of the District D Neighborhood Alliance worked very hard on getting criminal elements into the cities PROP program. This further strengthens the PROP for criminal patterns on rental properties and adds to the existing housing, zoning, and nuisance laws.
From the City of Raleigh E-Newsletter
EXPANDED PROP ORDINANCE TO GIVE CITY ADDITIONAL ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY
In an effort to strengthen enforcement laws and improve neighborhoods, the City of Raleigh has expanded its Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit (PROP) ordinance. The PROP ordinance serves as a tool to address rental property owners whose property is found to violate minimum housing, zoning and nuisance laws or have demonstrated a pattern of criminal convictions for noise and nuisance party violations.
Under the expanded rules, activities resulting in a third conviction within a two-year period of certain behavior will result in the landlord being required to obtain a PROP. This ordinance is effective Jan 1, 2009. The City of Raleigh has added the following crimes to the PROP ordinance:
- Possession of stolen goods;
- Violations of certain state alcohol and liquor regulations;
- Unlawful weapons;
- Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon;
- Gaming violations; and,
- Disorderly conduct.
The landlord placed in the PROP program must pay $500 per year for the two-year permit to cover the cost of administering the permit. The landlord must also attend a residential management course that is offered by or approved by the City of Raleigh.
A landlord cited for a second code violation during the two-year probationary period could lose the rental permit for the property for two years. A third code violation could lead to a two-year revocation of PROPs issued for all other property rented by the landlord. The landlord would also be ineligible to apply for a new permit for two years.