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Springfield program teaches rights, responsibilities for tenants

The following, written by Meaghan Summers, appeared August 2, 2016 in the Springfield News-Sun. Read below or view the article on the News-Sun website.

Springfield tenants can learn about their rights and responsibilities, as well as budgeting and other tips, at a free education program.

In the Tenant Education Certificate Program, participants can earn a certificate to present to future landlords that verifies that they have received training regarding tenant responsibilities and skills.

"The certificate would be something they could show to potential landlords, to let them know they are working on becoming good tenants," said Nancy Flinchbaugh, the city's fair housing/mediation coordinator.

Partners from the city's Community Development department, Springfield Police Division, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Consumer Credit Counseling Service/GraceWorks, Project Woman, Mental Health Services and Legal Aid of Western Ohio came together to present this certificate program on a quarterly basis.

Interested Springfield residents can attend the class from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Lincoln Park Center, 1900 Huron Ave., or the last class of the year from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Grayhill Apartments, 220 Montgomery Ave.

Experts from various organizations will teach the class budgeting techniques, legal and housing advocacy, city code and law enforcement rights, and housekeeping and maintenance tips to make sure they are prepared for renting a property.

"The training was designed so that tenants have a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities," Flinchbaugh said.

Everyone is eligible to attend. Space is limited to the first 30 people so RSVP soon. Call Flinchbaugh at 937-324-7696 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

"Sometimes tenants go through rough financial times, and so this will help them as they get on their feet to do better in the future," Flinchbaugh said.