Despite the movement to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes in many states, homeowners associations and landlords are showing a preference for banning the substance—which remains illegal on the federal level—in their properties.
Condo and co-op associations, as well as individual landlords, have been cracking down on residents who use or grow marijuana inside their units or in common areas, realtor.com® reports. In many cases, neighbors complain about marijuana odor. In Boston, for example, some condo associations are trying to pass amendments to their bylaws prohibiting residents from smoking or growing pot in their homes. The Boston Globe reports that some property management companies are even installing high-tech detectors in units that will send real-time alerts if marijuana is detected.
“I believe the primary take-away from this article is there are numerous complexities and hurdles in any new and evolving industry, so whether a commercial or residential tenant, if you are leasing and occupying property owned by a third-party, any action and/or use involving legal cannabis must be addressed ahead of time and in writing.”