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Is a landlord legally liable if their renter is growing pot

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Is a landlord legally liable if their renter is growing pot in the yard of the landlord's house. The landlord lives in Washington and the house is in California.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Landlord-Tenant
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The answer is no. The landlord is not liable for the possible criminal actions of the tenant, which includes growing marijuana. The only possible liability to the landlord would be is if the landlord is engaged with the tenant in the venture.

In addition, seeing as CA's laws on marijuana have relaxed considerably under state law, many jurisdictions within CA may not even prosecute such a matter (it also depends on the quantity of the plans).

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Thank you, Ely! This helps my mom a lot!
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