The Summit Square Apartments lobby on 48th St. and 47th Ave. was the site of celebration Sept. 19 as the complex became one of the first properties in Northern Alberta to be recognized under the Canadian Certified Rental Building Program (CCRBP).
In addition to Leduc, Kelson Group properties in Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Grande Prairie were celebrated. Each participating member receives two certifications: the Certified Rental Building Program certification and the Living Green Together Environmental certification.
The CCRBP is an assurance program that promotes and acknowledges quality for rental housing consumers and professionalism from property management and staff. The program was launched in Toronto in 2008 before expanding to B.C. in 2015.
“I’m so happy to see a program like this come into our community,” said Mayor Bob Young. “I really want to praise the Kelson Group for joining a program like this. We’re always looking for good value for our residents and I think any program that helps make conditions easier for people is a good thing to have.”
For apartment buildings to qualify as a CCRBP-approved, five requirements must be met. The building must:
-Abide by the Program’s Member Code of Conduct
-Adhere to the Program’s Mandatory Standards of Practice
-Successfully comply with a mandatory third-party audit
-Have staff complete the Program’s Training and Education component
-Agree to market and identify their building as a CCRBP-approved building to prospective tenants
“Our objective with the national CCRBP-approved apartment building program is to provide Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Leduc and Grande Prairie renters with the peace of mind and a clear quality assurance alternative when selecting their rental apartment home,” said Kelson Group President Jason Fawcett.
“This program just makes it better for you, the resident. You know that this organization went through extensive efforts to make sure they can call this building a certified rental building,” said CCRBP Director Ted Whitehead.
Each building must go through over 50 standards of practice and 300 requirements before approval.
“One of the things we do is make sure organizations that come into this have good financial measures and have good risk-management practices. You can’t buy a building and just leave it,” Whitehead said.
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