Does your place regularly play host to partygoers, guitar players, punch-outs or other profligates? Does your landlord know? If not, he might be displeased to learn that not-so-pleasant fact from the police.

Possibly as soon as this week the Isla Vista Foot Patrol may start sending landlords letters regarding raucous renters. The idea behind the letters is to shut down party houses that are frequent targets of police attention. If landlords knew that their properties were dens of debauchery, the IVFP hopes they might want to put a stop to it.

A program of this kind had been discussed for years in the Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force and other groups from the university and the community.

“This is an effort to partner with property owners to make I.V. less conducive to out of control behavior,” Associate Dean of Students Debbie Fleming said.

Possible grounds for landlord notification include multiple noise offenses, property damage or fights. If the IVFP has had enough, it will write a brief letter to the property owner and the property management company describing the incident.

“There is no checklist. We’ll be judging this on a case-by-case basis. This will affect properties in I.V. that make themselves known to officers because of continuous violations,” IVFP Lt. Tom McKinny said.

The idea for landlord notification resulted from the Alcohol-Sensitive Information Planning System, a program that the county no longer funds. The program laid out on a map the areas of I.V. where the most prominent alcohol and drug problems occurred. The program coordinators discovered that certain areas of I.V., such as Del Playa Drive, had much higher concentrations of problems than other areas.

“We asked ourselves how we could change this and what we could do about it. Landlord notification was one of the ideas,” Nancy Vasquez from the Santa Barbara County Dept. of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services said.

Currently, the IVFP does not have a database listing the owners and managers of properties, meaning that officers will have to use slower methods to search for the names of landlords.

Acting Directing Attorney for the A.S. Legal Resource Center Ron Perry said he can see the benefits of this program.

“Landlords legally have a duty to maintain premises and to ensure that tenants have what is called a ‘quiet enjoyment’ of their property. This cooperative effort will assist landlords in this endeavor,” Perry said.

However, Perry said he was concerned about possible civil liberties issues.

“I am concerned about the accuracy of the information transmitted to the landlord, and I hope the tenant will receive an opportunity to respond,” Perry said. “In any case, it will mean more business for us.”

Some tenants, when informed of the new program, did not agree with it.

“I disagree with it. I think it violates privacy. If a landlord is concerned about what is going on it should be the landlord’s responsibility to find out and not the police’s,” Michael Albright a junior film studies and English major said.

In addition to the landlord notification program the IVFP will be distributing a property owners handbook.

“In it property owners will find information on how best to do lease agreements. This is strictly a cooperative effort,” McKinny said.

No property owners were available for comment.