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One Strike Policy

Violent Drug Criminal Activity

Lease Addendum


On March 28, 1996, President Clinton signed into law; “One Strike and You’re Out” Policy.  One strike means zero (0) tolerance; which means no second chance.  Eviction proceedings will take place on the first offense.  Illegal drug activity, criminal activities and alcohol abuse falls under this policy.  Leasee agrees that he/she and all household members or guest shall not engage in the:


1.       Use, possession, manufactures, sale etc. of illegal drugs, and or criminal activities on or off the Benton Harbor Housing Commission premises, and that he/she is responsible for the actions of any household member, visitor, or guest.


2.       Not to engage in the abuse of alcohol or other controlled substances in such a way that may interfere with the health, safety, and right to peaceful enjoyment of their neighbors, staff or commissions.  Any violation of these terms will be treated as a serious violation of the material terms of this lease.




Note:      Evictions are civil, not criminal matters.  A criminal conviction or arrest is not necessary in order to terminate a lease and evict a tenant and or household.  Benton Harbor Housing Commission need not meet the criminal standard of “proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”  “Where State Law” requires conviction in order to evict; Federal Law preempts it.  Benton Harbor Housing Commission may terminate lease for, “reasonable cause to believe.”

Copyright 2008 Benton Harbor Housing Commission 721 Nate Wells sr Drive, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Office: 269-927-6511