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Tips for Landlords 


  • Secretive or unfriendly occupants

  • Extensive security measures or attempts to ensure privacy such as “No Trespassing” or “Beware of Dog” signs, fences, and large trees or shrubs

  • Curtains always drawn or windows blackened or covered with aluminum foil on residences, garages, sheds, or other structures

  • Increased activity, especially at night

  • Frequent visitors, particularly at unusual times

  • Renters who pay in cash

  • Evidence of chemical waste or dumping

  • Excessive amounts of trash, particularly chemical containers, coffee filters with red stains, duct tape rolls. Empty cans of or paint thinner or pieces of red-stained cloth around the property

In order to avoid renting to those who make meth, take the following steps:

  • Make sure rental applicants complete rental application

  • Conduct a thorough background check of the applicant, including criminal background check

  • Be sure to personally meet each rental applicant and require picture identification

  • Take note of any suspicious appearances or behaviors of the applicant

  • Require a lease

  • Obtain a damage deposit

  • Look around your property regularly, taking note of any signs of a meth lab or other illegal activity

  • Announce your intention to visit the property regularly

  • Ask neighbors help in monitoring property



To report information, call: