James Rogers and Norfolk's Department of Neighborhood Development are supporting community-led efforts to strengthen the city.
Through the soon-to-be-launched Rent Ready program, James and his team will connect landlords and renters to information that improves outcomes for both.
Landlords who complete the Rent Ready Academy, sign up for the Emergency Notification Database, and pass a quality assessment inspection are eligible to receive a Rent Ready score.
They will also be highlighted on a Rent Ready properties website that assists prospective renters with selecting quality rentals, and will receive services and resources to equip them to attract more renters.
Through the Rent Ready Academy Renters Track, renters learn about their rights and responsibilities and how to be a great resident of one of Norfolk's neighborhoods.