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Prospective landlords can learn the ins and outs of owning and leasing properties in York City by going to “Landlord University,” a six-week series put on by the city’s Human Relations Commission.

The event is an “awesome opportunity” for the commission to raise money to support its mission to investigate claims of employment, educational and housing discrimination while educating potential landlords in a city loaded with rental properties, said Tonya Thompson-Morgan, an investigator for the commission.

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Hosted in conjunction with the York City Department of Community and Economic Development, the series runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 2 through Dec. 14.

Each of the six presentations will be held at the Cod Building at 228 W. Market St., Thompson-Morgan said.

Professionals from local businesses and agencies will lead discussions on a range of topics related to owning and leasing property in York City, including financing for investors, ensuring quality housing, understanding opportunity and settlements, protecting investments and avoiding legal pitfalls,Thompson-Morgan said.

The series also will feature presentations about fair housing practices and affordable housing opportunities, Thompson-Morgan said.

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Nearly 60 percent of all York City properties are rental spaces, Thompson-Morgan said, so the fair housing presentation will not only help landlords but also tenants.

“The fair housing session is really going to help landlords understand how to protect their investment,” Thompson-Morgan said. Landlords and tenants “are speaking two different languages,” but it’s the same information with a different emphasis for each group, Morgan said.

Referral incentive: The York City Human Relations Commission hosted its first Landlord University series in 2016, and it “took off with great success,” Thompson-Morgan said.

Seventeen people, mostly prospective landlords, though some already owned properties, attended last year’s course, which ran eight weeks, Thompson-Morgan said. 

After looking through their feedback, the commission decided to condense the information from two hours a week for eight weeks to three hours a week for six weeks, Thompson-Morgan said, joking many “eyes kind of glazed over after week six.” 

The commission is hoping to register at least 20 people for the this year’s Landlord University series, Thompson-Morgan said, noting the commission’s new incentive to attract people.

The course costs $99, which covers all six presentations, but any attendee who refers a friend to register and attend will receive a $10 refund for each referral, Thompson-Morgan said. 

“The more, the merrier,” Thompson-Morgan said. 

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