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Vetting Felons, Drug Addicts, Sex Offenders and Poor Credit/No Credit

Logan M.
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Posted Jan 26 2024, 08:34

It is inevitable that when you are in the MHP/Affordable Housing space you will have applicants who are Felons, Drug Addicts, Sex Offenders and have poor credit.

Here is how I handle each of them:

Felonies: It depends on the felony but we don't allow any felon that had the crime occur within the last 2+ years and I am very careful about this.

Drugs: I try to be compassionate but I have found that any recent drug offenses lead to a lot of bad behavior. I won't go into details but I have tried to work with many tenants with drug issues and have yet to not have it hit me with a huge financial hit.

Sex Offenders: Nope, I have a policy for No Sex Offenders. No exceptions.

Poor Credit/No Credit: This depends but we will do double the deposit or pre-paid rent etc.

I know every state is different but we find that if we make sure the tenants getting into our parks have a good history the park runs a lot better.

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Replied Jan 26 2024, 10:49

Some states limit total amount you can collect on security deposits.  Best to check.

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Replied Jan 26 2024, 11:00

I would not rent to any Felon that had a serious or violent felony conviction...., sure,  some felonies are less troublesome but I would draw the line

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Replied Feb 9 2024, 09:50
Quote from @Bruce Woodruff:

I would not rent to any Felon that had a serious or violent felony conviction...., sure,  some felonies are less troublesome but I would draw the line


 This is the philosophy we go by. Constant government overreach can make anything a felony these days, but we look at certain things: 

1. Absolutely no crimes against children

2. No domestic violence within the last 10 years and then only on a case by case basis, but most of these are a blanket no. 

3. Drug offenses must be at least 5 years old and can pass a drug test today. 

4. No violent offenses whatsoever. 

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Replied Feb 12 2024, 13:41
Quote from @Roger D Jones:

Some states limit total amount you can collect on security deposits.  Best to check.


 I would avoid those states

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Replied Feb 12 2024, 13:41
Quote from @Samuel Coronado:
Quote from @Bruce Woodruff:

I would not rent to any Felon that had a serious or violent felony conviction...., sure,  some felonies are less troublesome but I would draw the line


 This is the philosophy we go by. Constant government overreach can make anything a felony these days, but we look at certain things: 

1. Absolutely no crimes against children

2. No domestic violence within the last 10 years and then only on a case by case basis, but most of these are a blanket no. 

3. Drug offenses must be at least 5 years old and can pass a drug test today. 

4. No violent offenses whatsoever. 


 Have you ever required a drug test

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Replied Feb 12 2024, 14:22
Quote from @Logan M.:
Quote from @Samuel Coronado:
Quote from @Bruce Woodruff:

I would not rent to any Felon that had a serious or violent felony conviction...., sure,  some felonies are less troublesome but I would draw the line


 This is the philosophy we go by. Constant government overreach can make anything a felony these days, but we look at certain things: 

1. Absolutely no crimes against children

2. No domestic violence within the last 10 years and then only on a case by case basis, but most of these are a blanket no. 

3. Drug offenses must be at least 5 years old and can pass a drug test today. 

4. No violent offenses whatsoever. 


 Have you ever required a drug test


 I personally have not. I just put it there to scare people away lol 

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Replied Feb 13 2024, 06:18

With regard to any drug testing I think a good, thorough understanding of both federal and state tenant law is in order.  

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Replied Feb 13 2024, 15:34
Quote from @Roger D Jones:

With regard to any drug testing I think a good, thorough understanding of both federal and state tenant law is in order.  


 I am curious about doing this logistcally