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Fine Landlords Each Time the Police Respond to Rentals for Drug Activity

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We, the citizens of Hagerstown, are fed up with landlords allowing their properties to be drug dens. We are also tired of our tax dollars going towards paying for the multiple times the police respond to these houses.

Criminals who are released from the MCI Prison System easily find an apartment in Hagerstown due to lax landlords that don't care who they rent to as long as they get their rent money!

Landlords need to be hit where it hurts to stop this negligence. Unlike citizens and homeowners who are trying to make Hagerstown a safer place, these landlords are trying to make money. They need to be held responsible for renting to criminals and allowing our streets to become unsafe.

If drugs are found at the residence, fine the landlord:

Fine them $250 for each time the police respond to their rental for:

Drug Possessions
Drug Related Overdoses

Fine them $1,000 for each time the police respond to their rental for:
Drug Dealing
Drug Related Assaults

Fine them $2,000 for each time the police respond to their rental for:
Drug Trafficking
Gang Violence
Drug Related Homicide

Homes located near these drug dens see an increase of burglaries, thefts, homicides, and assaults. Landlords who allow these criminals in to our neighborhood should be held liable! Fine them for each drug related police response and watch how fast they start doing background checks, installing security cameras and making our neighborhoods a safer place.

The proceeds from these fines should go to crime prevention.

There could be exceptions for properties that adhere to the Hagerstown Crime Free Multi-Housing Program or landlords who can show a proper background check was performed on the tenant. 



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