What Tenants Do Behind Your Back

Man Damages Two Rentals Watering His Pot Plants

A man in Boulder, Colorado caused significant damage to two rental condos by over-watering his marijuana plants. Clearly not something you could have avoided with an apartment credit check.

While Boulder has a local medical marijuana ordinance making it legal for some to possess the drug, the police issued the man a ticket for “prohibited acts of medical marijuana” according to the local newspaper report.

The ground-floor unit beneath was flooded, and that tenant called police.  Police responding to the complaint reported initially finding three 6-foot tall plants in the rental.  The man apparently had rigged a 55-gallon water system, and had left it on at the time of the severe flooding.  An inspection showed signs of previous water damage.

Upon further search, the police found several more plants in the bathroom, and discovered that the water and electrical lines had been retro-fitted and the skylight replaced with a charcoal filter, according to the report.

No building permit had been issued for the reconfigured utilities in the condo.  Because of the damage and code violations, both units were condemned pending repairs.  His next landlord better run an apartment credit check AND a criminal background check.

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