By Blackbird Realty & Management
LAS VEGAS, NV. – Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Las Vegas for just over one year now and one BIG question many owners and investors have who own rental properties in Vegas is if they have to allow pot use at their rental properties.
The good news is that it’s possible for an owner to stand firmly against marijuana use at their rental properties if they follow these tips.
Don’t Allow Smoking in Any Form
Although you cannot specifically single out marijuana use at your Las Vegas rental property, you can stop people from using it by not allowing smoking in any form.
Some renters may not be happy about you not allowing them to smoke marijuana at the rental property but nobody can deny the harmful effects of smoking inside a home. Especially how long it takes to get a property in habitable condition after a previous tenant who smoked lived there for any length of time.
Besides the practical reasons for not allowing smoking of any kind in your rental property, another great reason to not allow it is because smoking marijuana is still a Federal crime. Your insurance company may not cover damages to your rental if they were caused by a tenant who smoked pot.
Should You Allow Medical Marijuana to Be Used?
Since in this day and age it’s very easy for almost anyone to obtain a medical marijuana card, and due to the fact that the court systems view the term “medical marijuana” as vague, it’s best not to allow medical marijuana to be used at all in your Las Vegas rental property unless a renter has a real disability or medical condition as defined by the Fair Housing Act.
Thanks to the Fair Housing Act, landlords are not allowed to discriminate against anyone, especially if a renter has a valid medical condition that requires them to use marijuana.
For further questions about if you should allow marijuana use in your Las Vegas rental or not it’s best to consult with an attorney and or have a new lease created because, in the end, the lease is the controlling document and a tenant will base their decisions on if they can smoke pot in a rental or not based on what’s in their lease.
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