Landlords are getting a lesson in renting.
Over 1,400 landlords representing close to 8,000 rental properties in Peoria filled the Civic Center Monday.
Each landlord got information about neighborhood programs, which could help them make repairs or get discounts on certain projects.
Officials from the Peoria City/County Health Department and Peoria Housing Authority also showed up to talk about issues in specific neighborhoods in town. The city says events like these are important to have on a yearly basis because most landlords don’t live in the area where they rent.
Many of them don’t know the challenges of their rental neighborhoods.
“This isn’t punishment, the punishment for bad landlords is get citations from code enforcement, you get work orders for code enforcement you’re in court with us, that’s the punishment for having code violations,” said Joe Dulin, Assistant Community Development Director.
The community development director says tenants who live in rental houses have the chance to learn about their rights at a similar meeting on March 30.