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New proposal could hold property owners accountable for crime

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A proposal in the works in a local community would hold owners of rental properties accountable for the criminal activity of their tenants.

The city of Saginaw is giving these landlords a new tool to alert them to crimes happening on their properties. 

If you own it, you are partly responsible for what happens there. That's according to a proposal in the works by Saginaw City Council that would hold rental property owners accountable for the criminal activity of their tenants.

"If you're going to an addendum that holds the tenants and the landlords accountable, well, you better be able to notify the landlords that something is happening," said Jeff Klopcic, technical services director for the city of Saginaw.

That's exactly what the city is trying to do by creating a notification alert system that sends an email, letting landlords know each time the police are called to their rental property.

"I think it helps not only the landlords be notified, because again it is their investment, it's their property, but it also helps the community around that area and it helps the city also because now we are tracking it," Klopcic said.

Landlords will receive an email that gives the date, the type of crime and a report number, so they can contact the police for more information about what's going on at their property.

"Every Monday, so we get the weekend's activity, we will run through the program and automatically send out those notifications," Klopcic said.

The alert system is still in the testing stage and only 800 out of 4,800 rental property owners have registered so far. The city is encouraging others to sign up before the official roll out date next month.

"Hopefully if the landlord knows that things are happening at their property they can address it right away and not let it become a problem," Klopcic said.

The notification alert system is expected to be up and running on Aug. 4.

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