Attempting to evict tenants for petty drug use can be an emotional nightmare for landlords. To add insult to injury, it can also cost big bucks when your tenant shows up in court to deny all charges. In a courtroom, proof is always the key ingredient and if you can’t prove drug use – your tenant normally gets to stay in your house! Also, don’t expect the friendly neighbors who called you at 2 a.m. complaining about drugs to show up and be your star witnesses, they won’t! You’ll find very little support in the neighborhood! You’re much better off to find a better mousetrap.
Trying to rid your neighborhood or apartment complex of “stoners” or the tweaker crowd can be a very frustrating and challenging for property owners. To begin with, many folks have widely differing views about dope and in my state, medical marijuana outlets are springing up faster than Dunkin’ Donuts. I’m told that marijuana, prescribed as medication, is the number one treatment for the ailing backs of the under 30 age crowd. Yet, I’ve noticed that most of my older tenants are still hooked on old fashion chiropractors. Regardless of how you view this issue, I will tell you from experience… dopers living in your rental properties create huge problems for law-abiding landlords and their tenants.
It is always best to have all your new renters sign a Drug-Free Housing Letter when they sign your rental agreement and other documents required for move-in.
I tell my tenants that when you agree to and sign my drug-free letter, you are promising not to use or sell drugs on my property. If you do, I tell them that I can evict you “extra-fast” because my letter is enforceable under contract statutes
My PRODUCT 2118, MANAGING YOUR TENANTS BY MAIL, explains the details.