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  • A stable, more satisfied resident base.
  • Increased demand for rental units with a reputation for active management.
  • Lower maintenance and repair costs.
  • Increased property values.
  • Improved personal safety for residents, landlords, and managers.
  • Peace of mind that comes from spending more time on routine management and less time on crisis control.


When drug criminals and other destructive residents operate out of rental property, neighborhoods suffer and landlords pay a high price. That price may include:

  • Decline in property values, particularly when the activity begins affecting the reputation of the neighborhood.
  • Property damage arising from abuse, retaliation, neglect, and police raids.
  • Fire resulting from manufacturing or growing operations.
  • Civil penalties, including temporary closure of the property, or even property seizure.
  • Loss of rent during eviction and repair periods.
  • Fear and frustration when dealing with dangerous and threatening residents.
  • Increased resentment and anger between neighbors and property managers.
  • The loss of other valued residents.


  1. Prevention and Applicant Screening:
  • How code compliance (preparing the property) can protect your rights as a property manager.
  • Benefits of applicant screening.
  • Tips to strengthen rental agreements.
  • How to become a proactive property manager.
  • Maintaining a fire safe environment.
  • Developing life and safety awareness.
  1. Drug Nuisance Abatement:
  • Warning signs of drug activity
  • Actions you must take if you discover your resident or resident's guests are conducting illegal activities at your property.
  • Role of the police.
  • Crisis resolution and the eviction process.
  1. Resource Materials:
  • 150-page workbook with additional community resources for residents and property managers.
  • A manual addressing fire and life safety awareness for residents, landlords, and property managers.
  • Many other free materials will be available at class time.


The Atascadero CFMH Program was designed to help residents, owners, and managers of rental properties keep drugs and other illegal activities off their property. This program is honest and direct. It is solution oriented. It is designed to be easy, yet very effective in reducing the incidents of crime in rental property.

The program utilizes a unique three-phase approach which ensures the crime prevention goal, while maintaining an approach that is very resident-friendly.

  • Phase One involves an eight-hour seminar presented by the police and fire departments.
  • Phase Two will certify that the rental property has met the security requirements for the residents' safety.
  • Phase Three, a resident crime prevention meeting, will be conducted for final certification and the managers will be granted the use of large metal signs to display on the property. The management will also be granted the use of the program logo in all advertisements.


This appears to be the ONLY program I know about which will work in rental property.

It will give me more self-confidence in dealing with residents, and enhance my belief we can have a choice in trying to live crime and drug free.

Of particular value was support for concepts that in the past I wasn't sure were correct. It's great to hear that we don't have to put up with any drug and crime-related activity. I've been in multi-housing for 8-9 years and have taken several classes and seminars. I learned more valuable information in the first four hours of this class than in several other classes combined.

The levels of energy and presentation are the best I have ever been exposed to in at least 20 years of corporate seminars...a credit to the force and to our community.

It was presented in a manner that certainly kept my attention. The information on drugs and gangs was also very valuable.

I think you have a wonderful concept here. I would think the goals are in the right place. The presentation was very easy to follow. I am looking forward to completing the whole course.

Call (805)461-5051 and ask to speak with the Support Services Lieutenant for a complete listing of training dates and locations


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