Violent Drug Criminal Activity
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.
AGAIN – LEASEE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS, VISITORS, AND GUEST
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.”