Landlord Summit on Nov. 19 to Detail Resources Available to Help Property Owners, Managers and Tenants

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Landlord Summit on Nov. 19 to Detail Resources Available to Help Property Owners, Managers and Tenants

Posted: 11/10/2015
Next week, the City of Knoxville is hosting a Landlord Summit for property owners and managers from across the city. It will provide resources and information to help landlords make rental units more energy-efficient and affordable for tenants.

The summit is from 8-11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Continental breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 a.m.

The event is free and all are encouraged to attend to learn about the many programs available to landlords in Knoxville.

One of the resources to be detailed is the Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover (KEEM) program, which offers free weatherization upgrades for rental properties.

Other topics at the summit will include free lead testing programs; Section 8 rent assistance; programs to assist military veterans with housing; Tennessee landlord-tenant rules; and fair housing laws.

Community partners include the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC), Volunteers of America, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knoxville’s Community Development Corp. (KCDC), the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, and the Knoxville-Knox County Homeless Coalition. These groups and agencies, and other advocates and experts, will lead workshops and present informational booths to provide additional resources and information.

“This information-packed summit will help property owners and managers learn how they can tap into resources to better serve their tenants while also improving their own financial bottom line,” Mayor Madeline Rogero said. “So it’s a win-win situation.

“As we head into winter, it’s very important to ensure that all landlords are aware of the huge impact of weatherizing their units. Their properties become energy-efficient and more affordable for their tenants. That affordability translates into lower turnover and associated costs for the property owners, while it improves the standard of living for their tenants.”

For more information visit: www.KEEMteam.com or www.knoxvilletn.gov/development.

Anyone needing a disability accommodation to attend the Landlord Summit should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Cook, at scook@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2034.

For an English interpreter, contact Joshalyn Hundley, Title VI Coordinator, at 865-215-3867 or at jhundley@knoxvilletn.gov