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Tips for Landlords:

Provided by The Cheyenne Meth Initiative.

The Costs to Rental Property
When drug criminals operate out of rental property, owners pay a high price:

  • Civil penalties, including loss of property use
  • Damaged property from renter abuse and police raids
  • Loss of rent due to eviction and repair operations
  • Decline in property values
  • Toxic contamination and/or fire from meth production
  • Dangerous, threatening tenants
  • Resentful and angry neighbors*

You Can Prevent Big Problems!

At the time of application, take three easy steps.

1. Ensure the application is complete

2. Conduct a background check to determine:

  • Rental history
  • Credit report
  • Employment history
  • Criminal background
3. Meet every adult moving into the unit and require a picture identification*

Visit your property and watch for signs of a drug lab.

  • Unusual strong chemical odors
  • Excessive amounts of trash, specific to making meth (chemical containers, empty cans of paint, red-stained cloth, duct tape rolls)
  • Blackened windows or drawn curtains
  • Extensive security or attempts to ensure privacy
  • Frequent visitors at all hours of the day or night
  • Renters who pay in cash**
These are the FACTS:

Over one-half of residential drug labs are found on rental property
Property owners are responsible for decontamination costs
Decontamination costs average $6500 for a 1200 sq. ft. home****

Labs put kids at risk!

  • A child living at a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory faces serious health and safety risks.
  • Chemical contamination.
  • Inhaling, absorbing, or swallowing toxic chemicals that are used to produce meth can cause severe sickness, death, and birth defects.
  • Fires and explosions.
  • Approximately 15% of meth labs are discovered as a result of a fire or explosion.
  • Abuse and neglect.
  • Children living in meth labs are at increased risk for severe neglect and physical or sexual abuse.
  • Hazardous lifestyle. Filth and hazardous living conditions are common at meth labs.
  • Explosives, guns, and booby traps have been found at sites.
  • Social problems.
  • A violent, chaotic, and neglectful environment causes stress and trauma.
  • Many children that live in drug-using homes exhibit social and relationship problems. ***

If you suspect a meth lab on your property:

  • Contact your local police or sheriff's office
  • If it's an emergency, dial 911

Do not enter a site that you think may be a clandestine meth lab!

Labs that are used for producing meth are dangerous.

  • Meth labs may have traps set up
  • Explosions or fires could occur
  • You could be exposed to hazardous chemicals

For more information:

For more information contact:

Cheyenne-Laramie County Meth Initiative
Box 371
Cheyenne, WY 82003

Emergency Numbers

Cheyenne, Wyoming Police Dept.
(307) 637-6521

Laramie County Sheriff's Office
(307) 633-4700

Department of Family Services
(307) 777-7921


The MFiles:

National Drug Intelligence Center

National Institute on Drug Abuse

InfoFacts: Methamphetamine

National Drug Intelligence Center

Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Wyoming State Department of Health
Substance Abuse Division

Brochure References

* Landlord Training Program. Campbell Delong Resources, Inc.   **What are the Signs of a Meth Lab? Meth Fact Sheet.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America.  ***Dangers to Children Living at Meth Labs.

Governor's Office of Criminal Justice and Planning, n.d.,

Multi-Agency Partnerships:

Linking Drugs and Child Endangerment,

Sacramento, CA, p.9.

****Washington State Dept. of Health. Div. Of Environmental Health.

Office of Environmental Health and Safety.