Many cities around the country are seeing a rise in the production of methamphetamine making meth labs a big concern for rental homeowners. This is why it is so important to do rigorous tenant screening. Without effective tenant screening, you could find yourself with huge problems. Tenant screening is one of the most important parts of the leasing process. No one wants to see their investment property converted into a meth lab. Illegal drug manufacturing can cause thousands of dollars worth of damages, let alone the physical dangers and health issues.


Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive drug that affects the central nervous system. It is also known as meth, blue, ice, and crystal. Meth is relatively inexpensive and easy to make. This is why it is becoming a common activity for people who want to make fast money. A rented apartment or house is the perfect place to set up a meth lab. Unfortunately, meth labs have been found in about every city, so don’t think that your city is the exception. The toxic waste and residue from a meth lab contaminate all surfaces and surroundings including walls, ceilings, carpet, floors, appliances, and ventilation system with harmful fumes and highly explosive chemical compounds which are very difficult to remove.  


As a rental owner, you need to be aware of the impact of a meth lab in your property. Cleaning up after a meth lab is your responsibility, whether or not the tenant making meth was caught and convicted. It can be a real nightmare and it is certainly not cheap. Since we are dealing with deadly chemical residues, a thorough cleaning is needed and it has to be done by a specialist. Meth labs are sites for hazardous waste and the property should only be entered by professionals who know how to deal with them. Many states impose specific procedures to clean. Some states also require landlords to disclose whether or not a rental property has been the site of previous meth contamination, so you need to do your research.


Signs of a meth lab:

  • Unusual odors (which may resemble nail polish remover, ammonia & chlorine)
  • Increases in utility usage
  • Covered windows
  • Strange modifications to the ventilation
  • Dead landscaping
  • Suspicious activity
  • Frequent visitors with short stays
  • The resident isn’t the tenant who signed the lease
  • Above average amount of trash


The best way to avoid getting your house turned into a meth lab is having an effective tenant screening process. Self-managed property owners may be more at risk because they don’t have the same experience or resources to conduct thorough screening. If you suspect meth activity, do not confront your tenant. Call the police right away. At CRM Properties we conduct exhaustive screening to minimize the risk of illegal activities like a meth lab on your property.


Bethan Johnson

Turn Coordinator

Bethan is a Property Manager Assistant. She performs all property inspection and evaluations, creates tenant invoices and oversees disposition of security deposits.

Why choose CRM Properties?

We have the best selection of homes in the Kokomo area. Our staff’s dedication to customer service leads to a swift response to maintenance and tenant questions.


What is your screening process?

We verify income with copies of pay stubs and verification from your employer. We check court records for any judgments and criminal activity. We also contact your previous landlords directly for a referral. We will verify that the person we call is actually your landlord.


Are pets allowed?

Most homes allow pets. We do have breed and size restrictions. We limit the number of allowed pets and you must provide proof of vaccinations on all pets. We charge an additional $25 per month and $150 additional deposit.


How much is the damage deposit?

The damage deposit is equal to one month’s rent. An additional $150 is required for all pets.


How long of a lease must I sign?

Our leases are typically one year. During winter months we structure our leases to expire during the spring.


How do I pay my rent?

You can pay rent in person with a personal check, cashier’s check or money order. You may set up an e-payment or direct deposit. You may also mail your rent or use our dropbox.


What happens if I can’t pay my rent on time?

We do not make arrangements on rent. Rent is due on the 1st of each month. Late fees start on the 5th. If we do not receive rent by the 15th we file an eviction. You may stop the eviction if you pay rent in full prior to the eviction date.


How are utilities handled?

Utilities are typically the tenant’s responsibility. Utilities must be transferred into the tenants name prior to signing the lease. If the tenant is responsible for the sanitation bill and fails to pay it, we reserve the right to increase the monthly rent and include sanitation in the rent.


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Amanda Mendenhall

Leasing Agent

Amanda is our Leasing Agent. She oversees property showings and screens applicants.

Bethany Shoffner

Portfolio Manager

Bethany is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience.

Hannah Dobbins

Resident Service Coordinator

Julie Mullinax

Operations Manager

Julie is our Operations Manager. She oversees the staff and the day to day operations of our company.

Heather Johnson

Property Manager

Heather is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience

Jennifer Koenig

Resident Services Coordinator

Jennifer is our Office Assistant. She assists the Property Managers with all property and social media marketing.

Amanda Marshall

Maintenance Coordinator

Theresa Cain-Rush

Property Management Assistant

Darin Olson

Maintenance Manager

Darin is our Maintenance Manager. He investigates maintenance issues and offers suggestions and estimates for repairs.

Lynda Simpson


Lynda is our Bookkeeper. She handles all accounts payable and receivables. She also coordinates all owner and tenant billing.

Chris Mullinax

Broker Owner & New Business Development

As President and Owner of CRM Properties Chris helps generate new business and works on making sure the business is compliant with all local, state and national laws and ordinances.

Call us at (765) 459-8034 during business hours.

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