HOUSTON APARTMENT OWNERS COULD BE IN BIG TROUBLE!

YOU’D BETTER REGISTER OR YOU COULD BE SLAPPED WITH A FINE!

Here’s a press release from HPD on their Apartment Security Ordinance. It means some apartment owners could soon be in big trouble:

Apartment owners and managers who fail to register their properties with the Houston Police Department face fines under a new security ordinance implemented by Houston City Council.
In November 2006, Houston City Council passed the “Apartment Security Ordinance,” requiring apartment communities located within the city limits to register their properties with the Houston Police Department by March 8, 2007. The ordinance applies to properties with 10 or more units and excludes privately owned condominiums. The HPD apartment registry will allow Houston police officers to analyze crime data and identify those properties with the highest per capita UCR Part 1 and Part 2 criminal activity. The ordinance will require owners of apartment communities that fall under that category to submit to a mandatory inspection by police personnel. Specially trained officers then help apartment owners develop a custom-tailored action plan to implement strategies proven to deter crime in apartment communities. The City will issue fines of $500 to $2,000 per day to apartment owners who fail to register or implement security recommendations.