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Landlording on AutoPilot, 2nd Edition by Mike Butler

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CHAPTER 15Removing Bad Apples

Just like computers crashing, a tenant or their occupants dealing dope is simply a matter of WHEN IT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU and not if it happens. There are no boundaries in the arena of drug abuse. Although the media tries to portray it occurring primarily in low-income neighborhoods, dope is everywhere and dope dealers are part of our society at all levels. Your rental properties are not immune. I don't care if the rent is $100 a month or $15,000 a month, dope dealers are active in all areas.

This dope-dealing animal IS something that can sneak up on you. You can have the best tenant-screening program in the world; however, tenants are people. People have relationships. Some work out and some don't. Jerry Springer, Maury Povich, and many other talk shows have made fortunes capitalizing on the hidden aspects involved in relationships. Why are your tenants any different? They are not. A tenant can start off down the right path with you, have a falling out with their significant other and get swept off their feet with their new found significant other of the month.

Because your tenant has a good track record with you, you may or may not be aware that the old significant other has moved out and another has moved in. Your good tenant is responsible, has a job, handles responsibilities properly, and shows no signs of any pending or brewing problems.

The point I am trying to make here is no landlord is immune from having dirtbag dope dealers as tenants. Therefore, ...

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