Preferred Property Program

The City of Dayton Preferred Property Program fosters responsible landlord behavior and sound and well-managed rental housing, while discouraging activities that do harm to residents and neighborhoods. The program acts as a “stamp of approval” or an indication that a property meets all safety, property and other requirements of the City of Dayton.

To Qualify

  • Each property must qualify separately (4 units or less) 
  • Enroll/complete a property manager training course offered by the City of Dayton (or an equivalent course)*
  • Schedule a Division of Housing Inspection property assessment of the property exterior to ensure the property is clear of any housing violations and is structurally sound

*Equivalent must be approved by the City of Dayton


  • A free listing of the property on along with the “City of Dayton Preferred Property” seal, and approval to use the electronic seal on property's website, to be used for marketing materials
  • Invitations to quarterly roundtable sessions with various City departments
  • Have access to mediation services offered by the Dayton Mediation Center

To Apply

  • Complete property manager training course
  • Register property with Montgomery County rental registry
  • Apply online with the below link
  • Schedule assessments
  • Property managers must renew every three years from initial Preferred Property status and complete six hours of continuing education credits within a three-year period

Click here to apply online!


Contact Julia Acosta at 937-333-1424 or


Greater Dayton Real Estate Investors Association (GDREI)

Greater Dayton Apartment Association (GDAA)

The City of Dayton makes no representation or warranty about the safety, quality or habitability of the properties, and the City program does not include any structural inspections, inspections for hazardous building materials, including asbestos and/or lead paint, or other potential hazards or liabilities associated with the properties.