Renting to grower tenants can be risky business

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Some renters can damage properties when they grow cannabis illegally. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
JAS Sholes thought she had found the perfect tenants. They seemed nice enough, friendly and helpful. Rent was paid on time and Sholes felt no need to have to check on her ranch in rural unincorporated Riverside County at any time during the four years they rented from her. But she was wrong. The tenants were cultivating marijuana plants in several places at the hilly 40-acre site. The small cabin was destroyed, the property covered with trash and used growing supplies. Intentional vandalism was done to the tiny historical cabin. “I was shocked at what I had to go through to evict these people,” Sholes said. Several Riverside County ordinances prohibit the cultivation of cannabis in the unincorporated areas, with some exceptions. Medical patients may grow 12 plants per ca
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