You will find answers to many of your questions in our Secure and Friendly Environments in Cedar Rapids (SAFE-CR) frequently asked questions below. We have also provided more comprehensive answers to frequently asked questions in the following categories:
Background Checks FAQs
The City has hired a Nuisance Property Abatement Coordinator (NPAC) who is charged with assisting property owners in abating their nuisances. They will monitor and coordinate efforts of all City Departments to address the problems in our community.
Questions can be directed to:
Upon receipt of a timely request for hearing, the NPAC shall set a hearing to be held within 30 days from said receipt and, further, shall give at least 10 days’ notice to the requesting party of the time, date, and location of said hearing. The hearing may be reset by agreement of the requesting party, the City and the hearing officer, as confirmed in writing, but in no event shall the hearing be held any later than 60 days after the date of the action or decision being appealed.
At the time of the hearing, the requesting party and NPAC shall be afforded the opportunity to present evidence and arguments. The formal rules of evidence and procedure will NOT apply. Legal counsel will not be required but will be permitted.
The City of Cedar Rapids has partnered with C4 Operations to offer a low-cost, comprehensive background check report for Landlord Business Permit Holders. The report includes a 50 state criminal database background check*, including a check of the National Sex Offender Registry and terrorist database, State of Iowa county criminal search, local Cedar Rapids arrests, and a check for State of Iowa warrants. Background checks are being offered starting at $15.50 for Landlord Business Permit Holders.
*To maintain FCRA compliance, all record/hits on this database must be verified with a Live County Search.
All Live County verification’s are $8.00
All Landlord Business Permit holders who have not attended the required Rental Business Training course by July 1, 2014 will not be able to register their rental unit. You will not be able to lease your property and may result in municipal infractions.
The training is a one-time requirement unless you have property that becomes a nuisance property. In this instance, that Property Manager will be required to take the training again prior to their next rental unit registration being issued.
The cost for the training is $50.
The training agenda includes information to help persons operating a Rental Business within the City of Cedar Rapids understand the expectations of the City and neighborhoods.