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I am at a loss as to what to do. My grandmother owns two properties. The other property that she does not reside in has been run by her daughter who has turned it into a crack house. My aunt collects all of the money from anybody who's there. My grandmother pays all the bills sees no help whatsoever from anybody. I am a single mother caring for her and my child. I do have POA. Does anybody know if I maybe need to hire a private investigator or what I can do to get this situation right and get my aunt and all of her cronies out of that house???? I would appreciate any kind of leads or tips as to how to deal with this God bless thank you all

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Buisybody,
Your grandmother could be criminally liable for supporting a crack house, and even being in the presence of an addict when the addict(s) are arrested. 1) If she goes over to the crack house.
2) If she has her using daughter at her own home and the police come to arrest the daughter. 3) If drugs are found in a home owned by your grandmother. Even where you live!! (Criminally and legally liable.) imo.

Because you are raising your child in this environment, get out, do not involve yourself, imo. CPS would first take your child away from you if living under these circumstances, imo. It is way too dangerous for you to be helping a n y o n e with a drug problem or a crack house. imo.

Do not underestimate your Aunt's ability to twist the truth not in your favor if you take any actions whatsoever on behalf of your grandmother. imo. Do not make it your job to come against the daughter of your grandmother.

You should not be the one to contact code enforcement agencies, based on the fact that you are raising a child. (in your grandmother's home).
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You can choose to leave the situation entirely under the concept that "NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED".

Where does your own mother fit into this scenario? What does she say about you being involved?
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Hire an attorney immediately. I hate to hear this, your GM just doesn't get it. There are ways to do this, the attorney will guide you. Sending support your way!
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Contact anyone (and everyone!) who has Code Enforcement authority such as the health department (rats, vermin, cockroaches, meth etc.), animal control, sheriff/police to enforce warrants, DMV infractions on cars parked on the property, the fire department for code violations (fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors), the City for infractions of codes requiring properties to be safe and well-maintained. Anything you can start and follow-up that is the legal way to go. If there are neglected pets/animals start with animal control.

Have inspections, as if the house will be for sale soon. Even list the house and have it shown or open houses held. Have the house draped for termites, causing all occupants to move out for a period of time, in which you change the locks. The goal is to get so many eyes on this situation that it will be too scary and uncomfortable for anyone doing drugs to flop there even one night.

Perhaps enlist the help of neighbors to be on the lookout for any illegal activity and call 911 and you.

See a lawyer to conduct legal evictions.

Call APS to report your Aunt for financial elder abuse for diverting rent monies due your grandmother.

All this will take time and effort. There is no overnight cure.

Of course, then there is your grandmother who will sabotage your every effort unless she wants this too.
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So far the aunt was in jail for missing court grandma bailed her out now she has a probation revocation hearing i believe tomarow. Grandma just gave her 5000.00 for an attorney but that is not what the money is going for im sure.i spoke to an officer yesterday that came to my grandmothers home and also a detective that called .I had notified the bank to keep on eye on her account so they notified the authorities. Clinic that my grandmother goes to have given her a cognitive test but it is so simple it's not as involved as I think it should be for her to be tested if anybody has any ideas or referrals to doctors or conditions that can do a more thorough cognitive test I would greatly appreciate any information
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The daughter was arrested, right?   What's the status/disposition of her case?

Was your GM ever contacted by the police?

I think you need to have a landlord-tenant or real estate attorney prepare eviction notices for the tenants of the crack house.    If the police don't have information on who was living there, then you may have to hire a PI.   I'd ask the police who arrested the daughter.    I'm wondering if they weren't arrested as well?

Does your aunt turn the money from the crackheads over to your GM?  If so, she may have to return it; I can't remember offhand which statute it is but the funds are from an illegal operation, and I believe they can be forfeited.   The police could address this issue better than I.

So first I would contact the arresting officer, or one of the admins on the police force and get some guidance.
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Contact an elder attorney. Ask them about hiring a private investigator and see if they feel that is a good idea. Private investigators and attorneys are very expensive.

Best wishes to you and your grandmother.
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Buisybody82, contact an Elder Law Attorney as quickly as possible since your have Power of Attorney. This could become a very serious matter. Some States have laws that if the owner knows that illegal drugs are being sold from said house, the owner could be held responsible, and the State can take possession of the house. Again, it depends on your State laws.

I see that your Grandmother has Alzheimer's/Dementia so in all fairness she probably doesn't understand what is happening in that house. But since her daughter is "managing" the property, ie collecting the rent, the daughter could be held responsible.

For everyone's sake, I hope everything works out.
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Sendhelp Feb 22, 2020
Yes, the grandmother could lose the house as it could be confiscated by law enforcement.
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