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Drug Test for Tenants May Not Fly

Many landlords often wonder whether or not they can ask prospective tenants to submit to random drug testing as a condition of tenancy. Although the implementation of prospective tenant screening policies and practices that include credit checks and criminal background checks have become relatively standard with many large property management firms, pre-tenancy screening which includes drug testing of individual tenants is not a policy or practice that has been implemented to any great extent among small individual property rentals. Pre-employment drug testing has also become accepted or even routine by some employers or in certain job classifications, yet the concept of random drug testing of employees is very controversial and fraught with legal issues or challenges if not properly handled from the time of initial employment through the actual implementation.

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