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extras and drugs (by melinda [MD]) Oct 11, 2017 6:46 PM
       extras and drugs (by Lynda [TX]) Oct 11, 2017 8:11 PM
       extras and drugs (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Oct 12, 2017 12:07 AM
       extras and drugs (by Vee [OH]) Oct 12, 2017 5:10 AM
       extras and drugs (by S i d [MO]) Oct 12, 2017 5:18 AM
       extras and drugs (by RB [MI]) Oct 12, 2017 7:01 AM
       extras and drugs (by AllyM [NJ]) Oct 12, 2017 8:51 AM
       extras and drugs (by Tom [FL]) Oct 16, 2017 11:57 AM

extras and drugs (by melinda [MD]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 6:46 PM

Just found out that one of my Sec 8 residents has extra folks living in the house and some of the residents are smoking pot. What should I do if anything? --24.233.xxx.xx

extras and drugs (by Lynda [TX]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2017 8:11 PM

If you pay the utilities--those extra people will cost you. But if the tenant pays their own water and elec--its on them. I'm basically a live and let live person. As long as they are paying the rent and not making any problems, I would let it go. As long as it's just weed--not harder drugs, well...mj will soon be legal everywhere.

If it becomes a problem in the future, you can hold the 'drug' aspect over their heads to get rid of the extra people. Remember those AC filters need to be checked and the smoke alarms too, so you can do an inspection to confirm what's going on. --108.87.xx.xxx

extras and drugs (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 12:07 AM


You are not the Sec8 police. Don't sweat it. If you report them your res will lose their support and you will be stuck with a res who cannot pay their rent.

MY court will not evict just because Sec8 stopped paying as long as the res pays their $12. Crazy.

And here's a wild tip: pot is EVERYWHERE!!! People are smoking pot in your other homes too.

I would talk to the res and remind them they are endangering their free rent. Don't be surprised if they don't care.

BRAD --68.50.xx.xxx

extras and drugs (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 5:10 AM

The wipe test and the results from the deposit, until you can figure out from a police report your unit is under scrutiny prolly not much you can do. --76.188.xxx.xx

extras and drugs (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 5:18 AM

I estimate at least half of my tenants routinely are doing some form of illegal drugs. Mostly pot I think, but we've had to clean up some needles too (very cautious, wearing thick gloves, etc).

When you walk into a place and the incense is heavy in the air...it's not for the nice smell.

A lot of folks are on the Sec 8 dole b/c they can't or won't clean up their act enough to land a steady paying job, many of which do drug testing. Hence a cycle of perpetual negative choices. I'm not saying that all Sec 8 tenants do drugs, but many of them do. It's a risk you accept when participating in the program, but as Brad noted, it's a risk you accept being a land lord, period.

This accepted risk is similar to me buying in Class C neighborhoods. I had to accept the fact that eventually I would see a nasty, torn-up couch on the front porch or by the curb, even though the lease strictly prohibits it. --173.19.xx.xxx

extras and drugs (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 7:01 AM

Sounds like some are making (weak) excuses for

Illegal and / or Lease Violations and how their properties

are managed.

So much for (selective) Zero Tolerance and the Notion that

the LL is in charge, the T is not.


extras and drugs (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2017 8:51 AM

Went into duplex where new tenants are and I am cleaning up after the mold lady. The hallway smelled like a skunk had been in there. Young lady tenant called her grandma who is my tenant elsewhere and she called me. I went and sniffed. Either she stepped in some skunk juice walking her dog or someone is smoking pot. There is a particularly stinky form I found on the internet. My cousin in Ohio is a supermarket checker and she says that her nighttime clientele all smell like that. Now why would a pot seller want his or her clients to smell like skunks? I'm sure the male was smoking pot in the house and put his stash in a closet right near the stairwell. It's gone now. Grandma is not to be fooled with and she is the co signer. --73.33.xxx.xxx

extras and drugs (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Oct 16, 2017 11:57 AM

Melinda of MD, You can address both HOWEVER will the tenant understand it or ignore it.

The number of people IF staying over night does violates your lease and yes you can address it. Either post a notice or service it via certified mail depending on MD law.

Marijuana you can address it too. First get a hardcopy of the MJ law for your state of MD. Attach it to your notice to the tenant. NOW the tenant can claim its for medical use. It's important for you to have a hardcopy of your states MJ Law. Do you have proof of MJ being used in your unit??? If you go to court then you must prove MJ use. Check your MD state MJ law FIRST, very important know the law. Same as know your Landlord/Tenant state law.

Once you address these two issues are you willing to evict the tenant based on these two issues. IF so then go for it. However at this point you need to address the over crowding IF people are staying over night. IF you send notice and do nothing to them THEN you create more of a problem because now they will know you will go easy on them.

Just curious??? Did you run a credit check and criminal background check on this tenant. Call previous landlords and too call the local section 8 office on this tenant before renting to them. Just because they are section 8 does not mean that you can't run a credit check, criminal check, call previous landlords, etc.

If they cure the two issues then are you willing to let them stay. What's your MD Landlord/Tenant Sate Law say with a breach of the lease???

I would assume your concern is are these tenant and tenants visitors dealing in drugs good question? IF this is your concern you can't accuse them of it but you can based on over crowding service notice and double check marijuana law you may be able to eviction on that issue as well once you read MD state MJ law.

Do Not waste your time talking to them about the issues, PUT IT IN writing once you check the law. Either post the front and back door or certify; depending on MD Law??????

Best of Success!!!


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