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The means necessary to prevent a tenant from starting a methamphetamine lab can be simple and non-intrusive.  A landlord can eliminate the likelihood of a meth lab on their property by simply screening prospective tenants and conducting regular inspections.

 

Meth labs require equipment and supplies that could make a "quick clean-up" unlikely.  Landlords should make "surprise" or unannounced inspection of their property within the provisions of the law.  If a landlord suspects or discovers a meth lab, he/she should not confront the tenant or enter the lab, but contact their local law enforcement agency immediately as they are equipped to conduct an investigation and collect evidence in a safe and lawful manner.

 
Get to know your neighbors

Introduce yourself to your neighbors and let them know your property is a rental.  Ask neighbors to keep watch on your property and provide them with your telephone number so they can contact you if they have any concerns.

 
Screen prospective tenants

Check the credit history and references of all prospective tenants.  Have each prospective tenant provide you with a written authorization to check with the local police for prior criminal record.  Advise that you check your property regularly and have your tenant sign an agreement to allow for unannounced inspections.  Let your tenant know you have regular contact with the neighbors.  Confirm the number and names of the tenants who will be residing at your property and find out who will be paying the bills.  Keep record of your tenant's vehicles and license plate numbers.

 
Absentee/Offshore Landlords

Have an agent, friend or relative check the property on your behalf.

 
Hotel Owners/Operators

Front desk/Office Staff: Be alert for guests who pay with cash; have several pieces of luggage or cardboard/rubber storage containers; have no identification, no credit card, report no vehicle (or provide inaccurate vehicle license information); appear covert, paranoid, suspicious, nervous and hurried; may have hands with burn scars, discolored teeth, and clothes unkempt.

 

Housekeeping:  Be alert for chemical odors in guest rooms or the strong scent of an aerosol air freshener used to mask the odor of a meth lab; suspicious stains on the carpet or drain area of tub, toilet or sink; discarded coffee filters or cloth with unknown stain or sludge residue; suspicious containers left for disposal; guest declines housekeeping services; guest appears nervous, suspicious or paranoid.

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Tips for property managers