Guns in apartments can be a difficult question for landlords and this week the question for Ask Landlord Hank involves whether you can evict a tenant for discharging a pistol.
Dear Landlord Hank:
Can a tenant get evicted for discharging a pistol and injuring a guest? They wanted to keep the incident quiet. No police showed up.
Dear Landlady Margie:
Check your lease first – normally there is a section entitled “Use of Premises,” which goes on to detail that tenants must maintain the property in a clean and sanitary condition and not disturb the surrounding residents or the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of the premises, etc.
There should also be a section about illegal activity being prohibited.
You don’t want to tolerate this kind of dangerous behavior, and your other tenants will be moving and neighbors will be complaining loudly too, and rightfully.
Do you know any details of the shooting?
Could it have been a legitimate accident?
Move quickly to take care of this.