I live in a house with my Landlord. I rent the back half of the house he owns and he lives in the front part of the house with his wife and 3 year old son. The only thing that is common in the whole house is the bathroom. I have my own entrance into my section of the house by the entry door that is attached to the garage and there is also an entry door that opens up in my living room. My question is this: It has been brought to my attention that my Landlord may have started selling drugs out of his house. In the 2 years that I have lived here there has never been any criminal activity. I don't really know what goes on in the front part of the house. The only time I really interact or enter the front part of the house is to pay my rent. Otherwise, I hardly ever see them. If the police were to raid the house because of criminal Activity, would they take me to jail also? I don't know how to approach my Landlord about what I have been told and I don't want to be kicked out before I can move out but I really don't want to end up in any trouble because of another persons bad decisions. What can I do legally to protect myself as a tenant and not end up in jail?
If the police can enter your part of the house by way through his section of the home, I would say that were the police to raid the house, they would not stop from entering your section also since you can access your part by way of his part. Since different agencies in Oklahoma may be involved in a raid of a suspected drug dealers home, it would be difficult to insure by way of contacting the necessary officials of each of the police agencies that you lease the back part and have no involvement in whatever your landlord does in his part of the house. Even if you could contact all heads of the agencies that would not insure you not being drawn in on a potential bust if indeed it happened. Talking to your landlord would be difficult also on such a sensitive issue. If it were me in that situation, I believe I would start immediately looking for another place to lease and give your requisite notice of your intention to move and do so as quickly as I could.
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