Criminal Acts and Activities: Landlord Liability FAQ
What kind of legal trouble do landlords face from tenants who deal drugs on the property?
3. What kind of legal trouble do landlords face from tenants who deal drugs on the property?
Drug-dealing tenants can cause landlords all kinds of practical and legal problems:
- Anyone who is injured or annoyed by drug dealers -- be it other tenants or people in the neighborhood -- may sue the landlord on the grounds that the property is a public nuisance that seriously threatens public safety or morals.
- Local, state, or federal authorities may levy stiff fines against the landlord for allowing illegal activity to continue.
- Law enforcement authorities may seek criminal penalties against the landlord for knowingly allowing drug dealing on the rental property.
- In extreme cases, the presence of drug dealers may result in the government confiscating the rental property.
- A drug dealing environment can make it difficult to find and keep good tenants, and the value of the rental property will plummet.