Organization for landlords to meet in Shelton

In an effort to educate landlords about the rental housing industry in the Naugatuck Valley, an organization will hold a meeting Wednesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shelton City Hall auditorium, 54 Hill St., Shelton.

The Connecticut Property Owners Alliance (CPOA), a privately-run trade group for rental property owners, will host the meeting. It is designed for owners of residential rental units but is open to the public.

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and former New Britain Mayor Tim Stewart, who now is New Britain Chamber of Commerce president, are expected to speak at the event. Lauretti owns some rental housing units in Shelton.

Lending, energy, tenant screening

Bob De Cosmo, CPOA president, said representatives of the lending, energy-efficiency and tenant-screen industries also will be present to inform rental property owners of new services and programs.

“Landlords in general face many different issues and CPOA creates an educational forum to exchange information and ideas at our meetings,” said De Cosmo, who also serves as the group’s lobbyist at the state and local levels.

Common-sense approach

“Unfortunately, common sense appears to have taken a vacation lately on some policy proposals that impact landlords,” De Cosmo said.

“Now more than ever, it is important to organize like-minded people to work toward a common goal of restoring prosperity, profitability and respect to private rental housing ownership,” he said.

De Cosmo owns multiple apartment units in Waterbury.

About the organization

The Connecticut Property Owners Alliance began in 1995 as the Property Owners Association of Greater Waterbury.

The statewide group works to help rental property owners maintain affordable housing opportunities, advocate for the rights of property owners, promote safe and decent rental housing, and restore prosperity to the rental housing industry.

The alliance has been active on issues such as eviction and security deposit rules, building codes, energy efficiency, and landlord financing.