The Niagara Orleans Land Improvement Corp. (NORLIC), often referred to as the Land Bank, will host a free workshop on Tuesday, April 12, for landlords interested in better understanding their rights and responsibilities at it relates to fair housing. The event will feature guest speakers Stephen Haagsma of Housing Opportunities Made Equal.
The seminar, titled “How to be a better Landlord,” is designed for landlords, property managers, land developers, or anyone else who manages property for rental or sale. Landlords will learn more about fair housing laws and their implications for owners or managers of real property.
“The mission of NORLIC is to acquire vacant and abandoned properties and return them to productive use, creating a better community for future generations,” said Matthew Chavez, project manager for NORLIC. “Hopefully that means we can build vibrant neighborhoods in places that are now weighed down with blight. But part of that equation means landlords and tenants have to live up to their responsibilities. This is just the first of many seminars focusing on the obligations of both landlords and tenants.”
The workshop will cover a host of topics including:
√ Fair housing law and protected classes
√ Discussion on the impact of housing discrimination
√ How to avoid discriminatory practices
√ Best practices in application and screening process
√ Reasonable accommodation and modification
√ Landlord rights and responsibilities
√ Evictions and small claims court
The workshop is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. at TReC, 616 Niagara St., Niagara Falls. Participants may also choose to participate virtually. Registration is required and can be done at
Niagara Orleans Regional Land Improvement Corp. is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to fight blight. NORLIC is a municipal partnership that works with communities to acquire vacant and abandoned properties. NORLIC’s efforts will return abandoned properties to productive use, creating a better community for future generations. To date, NORLIC has taken title to 14 properties. NORLIC was founded in 2017 with an intermunicipal agreement between North Tonawanda, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Niagara County and Orleans County.