The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning landlords about the increasing number of cannabis farms set up in private rented properties.
The landlord body warned that insurance companies can often abandon landlords, and difficulty with the police can also be an issue for unsuspecting private landlords.
The RLA’s Landlord Advice Team (LAT) offers the following advice to landlords:
- Be vigilant of suspicious behaviour: curtains/blinds closed all day, lights on all day, coming and going at all times.
- Having an idea of your tenant’s lifestyle is helpful, as a night worker will keep traditionally irregular hours, for example.
- Cannabis farms are notorious for the strong smell and could be as easy to identify as standing outside the door or lifting the letter box.
- If you discover a cannabis farm/factory be sure to tell the police immediately. When you have alerted the police be sure to let your insurers know the situation.
The RLA said criminals will employ families to pose as tenants, and thorough checks are crucial in this regard: Look for multiple tenancies over a short period of time.
It added that cannabis farms can do thousands of pounds worth of damage to properties such as carpets being ripped up, holes put through walls, and watering systems that can cause months’ worth of repair work.
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