Costs of CDRI Landlord Training Services

First a reminder: As described elsewhere on this site, our services are not required in order for a jurisdiction to gain the benefit of the no-cost license to adapt the Landlord Training Program.  (Click on the licensing requirements link in the left-hand column for more information on the no-cost licensing process.)  Nevertheless, as those who hire us routinely discover, we can also provide a wealth of valuable assistance by bringing our experience as the creators of the original program, and long time trainers of it, to help with the program in your community as well.

The purpose of this page is simply to give a rough idea of potential costs.  Because every jurisdiction is different, we provide unique services created for each agency and budget every project individually, according to our clients' needs. We can also provide "best value for budget" workplans for those clients who are working with budget limits and want to know what benefits we can deliver within the resources available. In every case, we will do our best to offer as much assistance as possible. Therefore, the following figures should be seen strictly as "ballpark" estimates for sample services we are asked to provide.  (There is, of course, no cost for calling us up to discuss options and figure out what approach might best fit your situation.)

Sample Project Description
Estimated Cost Example

One-day Landlord Training Program. We can travel to your community and present the complete program to your rental owners and managers. Many jurisdictions without the resources to assign permanent staff, or with a smaller number of landlords, simply have us deliver the program once or a few times per year to participants they recruit. Compared to paying even a part-time salary for a trainer, this can be a very low-cost way to make the program available in your community. If multiple trainings can be organized back-to-back, for example a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday training for three different groups, the cost per training can be substantially lower.

$1,800 to $3,200 depending on state, plus travel expenses. Fixed budgets including all travel are available upon request.

Comprehensive National Landlord Training, Train-The-Trainer Seminar. The seminar can be tailored to just a few personnel from one jurisdiction who intend to manage a program or to several jurisdictions in a region who may want to begin programs, and can attend a training as a group. One day of the three-day program is a "live" landlord training, so the "host" jurisdiction holds its first landlord training during the course. We'll define all steps required to put on the course and provide the host agency with a complete package of materials and ongoing assistance to help ensure that trainees arriving are well prepared and that a large number of local area landlords are registered for the course as well.

Basic level: $4,900-$9,500 plus travel.

Fixed budgets, including all travel, are available upon request.

Police In-Service Training: Landlord/Tenant Problem Solving. We can provide three to eight hours of instruction to patrol, narcotic, and neighborhood police officers. At the conclusion, officers will have a basic understanding of the way many calls for police service to rental property are problems that can be solved through applying landlord/tenant law rather than criminal law.

$950-1,400 in Oregon, Washington, California, plus travel. In states where advance research is required, add $1,000 to $2,000.

Basic Program Development Assistance. To help get your program and trainer off to a solid start, we can become a partner in program development and the initial training. For example, this estimate includes one day of advance research into the laws and practices of the jurisdiction, two to three days of on-site interviews with the stakeholders in landlord-tenant issues, and culminates with a full Landlord Training Program that has been tailored to local law. The program manager/trainer attends all interviews and trainings with us and receives hands-on, customized learning throughout the process. After our assistance is complete, your trainer will have been shown what it takes to customize the manual, manage the program, and begin conducting trainings directly.

$4,000 to $7,000 plus travel expenses. Fixed budgets that include travel are available. Again, reduced per-training costs can be achieved when multiple trainings are presented.

Basic Manual Review. We will thoroughly read a manual you have developed, make clear recommendations about quality aspects, and work with you by phone to implement those recommendations. Our experience with the issues and with many jurisdictions means we can often spot subtle potential problems in a new manual. Correcting these can help a program manager be sure the information provided to landlords is solid, an important feature of any public program.

$800-$1,200, assuming simple review and discussion. Written review and/or substantive editing will add to the cost.
Comprehensive Manual Development. We'll research the legal statutes and court decisions, as well as the rental management practices unique to your community in depth. We will conduct extensive interviews with stakeholders in your community involved in landlord/tenant issues. We will help create initial broad-based support for your program in the process. Then we will write your program manual from start to finish, collect thorough feedback, and revise it. Manuals typically go through a second and third draft before they are ready for the first training.

The whole process can take as little as three months, but more often is four to five months. As in basic program development assistance, above, the future program manager/trainer should attend the research interviews and advise on the content. They can focus much more quickly on conducting trainings and promoting the program, without the six to nine month research and writing period spent adapting a national manual to the community. One city that selected this service was able to hold trainings using a national manual immediately, while their final manual was under development. For community members in crime-impacted neighborhoods, as well as for officials attempting to deal with such problems, starting a program six months earlier may have immeasurable benefits.

From $6,500 to about $12,500, in states where an approved manual has been created, depending on the level of changes desired.

From $18,000 to $26,000, in states where an approved manual has not been created, with travel included.

 For more information, contact John Campbell today.