[Part 4 of 4] Are there ways that a landlord can limit his/her responsibility for tenants that deal drugs while on the rental property?
There are a number of steps that a landlord can take to limit any potential liability that could be caused by criminal tenants including:
- Screening tenants carefully
- Running credit reports
- Asking key questions about criminal history
Be sure to include an explicit clause in the rental agreement that states that the landlord has the option of evicting any tenant that is dealing or processing drugs in the rental property.
If any tenant is caught violating this clause, do not listen to arguments, evict them immediately. Do not take rent payments in cash. Listen to other tenants if they complain of strange odors or a high amount of traffic in and around a certain apartment or rental property. Talk to security experts and law enforcement about any potential drug dealing situations and how best to handle them.