Lessons for Landlords

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 8:34 AM EDT

By WKBW News

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 8:34 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - An age-old question in Buffalo is how to stop the decaying homes in city neighborhoods. Now, the Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is sending the landlords back to school.

Rental property owners are being asked to the classes, which will focus on bug and pest prevention, housing code and inspection procedures, property eviction process and fair housing and leasing lessons, among other things on the agenda.

There will also be advanced workshops for those who complete the beginner class. The upper level session will focus on property management 101 and building codes and maintenance permits. This is all part of the Mayor's "Save our Streets" Task Force.

Meanwhile, Senator Tim Kennedy is also putting in effort to clean up Western New York. He said delays in foreclosures are getting in the way of that process.

Kennedy is proposing new legislation that would order bans and other mortgage holders to pay for the upkeep or damages to a property due to a long delay in the foreclosure process. The damage is causing concern for surrounding property owners.

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