I have a person who wants to rent from me. Tenant has an arrest from 1996 for drug paraphernalia. He paid his $100 fine to the court. He was also 21 at time so I'm thinking it was a dumb mistake. How relevant is this info if it happened 16 years ago.
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Only time will tell, but one would hope that the passage of 16 years of crime free living would say more about a person than one mistake which they made at the age of 21. Paraphernalia charges can result from something as minor as having a pipe in one's car, even if no drugs were found. It also might still be possible to still order the arrest records from this conviction if you really want them, but either way, changing your mind about renting to someone after previously accepting them as a tenant could also sometimes cause legal problems for you. A potential tenant might even also deserve a certain amount of credit for honesty in even admitting that they had such minor and ancient conviction.
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