When a tenant renting a property in West Lothian was asked by their mother to look after her tomatoes while she went on holiday, he did not expect that to lead to an investigation which could have resulted in potential eviction from his property.
But the tenant soon found himself under investigation after the tomato plants were discovered by his letting agent, who was managing the property, during a routine landlord inspection.
Unfortunately for the tenant, the tomato plants were mistaken for cannabis they were spotted by the agent growing under specialist lights in a bedroom.
A blog posted by Robert Young, chief executive of The Key Place, stated: “One of The Key Place’s newer members of staff went to carry out an inspection at a property where we had long term tenants, who had never given us previous cause for concern as a result of inspections.
“The staff member arrived back at the office looking somewhat stunned, to say that the tenants were growing cannabis plants in the bedroom – she saw a number of plants, underneath specialist lights.
“In recent times we have been made increasingly aware of the problems of cannabis farms in rented properties.”
According to Edinburgh Live, Young arranged to visit the Bo'ness property with his office manager.
He continued: “On answering the door, I asked the tenants outright if they were growing cannabis plants.
“Amidst much laughter, they explained that it was not a cannabis farm but the tenant’s mother’s tomatoes, which they were looking after while the mother was on holiday.”
Young told Edinburgh Live that the mix-up in relation to the plants was taken in “good part by all parties”.
He added: “The tenant found it hilarious that his mother's tomato plants could cause so much fuss and couldn't wait until she got home to pull her leg about it.
“The life of a letting agent throws up many, many opportunities and challenges and is never, ever dull - the key thing is to hear all sides of every story, always keep an open mind and to work to get an amicable resolution to situations....and of course to be able to see the funny side of life.”