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Big rise in cannabis 'factories' be vigilant warns Landlords Organisation

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From the jml Property Insurance Blog site 22nd March 2009

The National Landlords Assocation (NLA) has issued a warning to Landlords to be vigilant of the way their properties are used, following a BBC report into cannabis factories. According to the report, 29 police forces across the UK revealed a sharp rise in cannabis being produced in ‘factories’ inside rented housing. Although this is not a new problem, the NLA is reminding landlords to be aware of what could be going on behind the doors of their properties.

In June 2008, Aviva (Norwich Union Insurance) issued a press release stating that Residential may not be covered if their property is damaged by tenants using it for cannabis production.

In his career as a letting agent, Philip Suter of jml Property Services has come across tenants who had set up a small factory in an attic in Thame in Oxfordshire and in a garage in Iver in Buckinghamshire

The NLA report warns Landlords to be on the look out for the following:

  • Strong smell of de-odourisers or air fresheners to disguise the smell of drug production
  • Lights being left on all day and night and curtains and blinds drawn
  • A sudden jump or fall in electricity bills
  • Possible rewiring
  • High humidity in the property

The Aviva/ Norwich Union report says: Listed below are some common trends to help identify the typical methods for growing cannabis.

  • Cannabis plants are typically grown in individual pots throughout the property, with walls, ceilings and doors lined with plastic or polythene.
  • Windows will normally have blinds or curtains closed to obscure any activity.
  • The plants are irrigated through pump spray guns, such as those used in a domestic garden, rather than having garden hoses plugged into a sink or basin
  • High powered lighting is installed in each room and the electricity has probably been tampered with to bypass the meter.
  • A considerable amount of condensation is produced
  • A pungent smell, which may be noticed through the walls of adjoining properties but ducting and extractor fans are installed and fed through the chimney or flue to prevent this.

Landlords if you are managing the letting of your property carry out regular inspections and make sure your letting agent carries out thorough inspections if the agent is managing a property. If you or the agent can't get into an individual room, outbuilding or garage, it could mean that your tenants have a cannabis factory set up. There course can be a totally innocent reason for not being able to gain access. Take care and don't risk your insurance.

© Philip Suter of jml Property Services March 2009


Press release Landlords: could your property be housing a cannabis factory? 11 Mar 2009

The National Landlords Association (NLA), the leading representative body for private-residential landlords in the UK, is warning landlords to be vigilant of the way their properties are used, following a BBC report* into cannabis factories.

According to the report, 29 police forces across the UK revealed a sharp rise in cannabis being produced in ‘factories’ inside rented housing. Although this is not a new problem, the NLA is reminding landlords to be aware of what could be going on behind the doors of their properties.

Horror stories include a landlord who took six months’ rent up-front from a tenant, only to find the police knocking at his door. The tenant had demolished the internal walls of the property to create polytunnels where he was growing cannabis.

More worryingly, this kind of criminal activity may not just be producing cannabis. The NLA has heard of methylamphetamine (commonly known as crystal meth) also being produced in rented properties.

The process, while illegal, is also highly dangerous owing to the nature of the highly flammable elements used in producing the drug.

Police recommend that landlords complete full and proper reference checks with both previous employers and previous landlords before entering into a tenancy agreement to avoid taking on criminal tenants.

LANDLORDS SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR: **

  1. Strong smell of de-odourisers or air fresheners to disguise the smell of drug production
  2. Lights being left on all day and night and curtains and blinds drawn
  3. A sudden jump or fall in electricity bills
  4. Possible rewiring
  5. High humidity in the property

David Salusbury, Chairman, NLA, commenting on the increase of cannabis factories in rented properties, said:

"Naturally this kind of news is worrying for landlords, but by taking references and making regular visits to your property, these problems can be avoided. "The onus is on landlords to know what is going on in their property; if not they may find themselves responsible for utility bills, or facing huge repair bills if their property is used in the production of illegal substances."

* BBC: 'Big rise in cannabis factories'

** Advice taken from Gwent Police

See also: Residential property owners need to be vigilant, with cannabis farming on the increase, warns Norwich Union June, 2008

Residential landlords may not be covered if their property is damaged by tenants using it for cannabis production, warns Norwich Union (Aviva). Mike Colmans, underwriting manager, property owners, Norwich Union, said: "As with most insurance policies, the duty of care element means a landlord must protect his investment and minimise his losses. This means it is important to be aware of the warning signs and make sure all ‘reasonable precautions' are taken."

He went on to say."With cannabis farming clearly on the ris, there is an increased risk for landlords and their properties. They may not be aware that if their property is damaged by tenants using it for the production of cannnabis, they may not be covered".

During 2006/2007 there were 5,497 seizures of cannabis plants by police which was a 34 per cent increase since 2005. In 2007 Norwich Union (Aviva) settled around 60 residentialclaims totalling over £1 milion. Damage fromclaims can vary from holes in walls to water or fire damage.

Mike Colmans went on to say " Vetting the tenant is essential, as is carrying out extensive background checks including checking bank details and references. Don't accept payment for rent in cash, but instead, insist it is paid through a bank. Landlords should be wary if a short term let is requested and sub letting should be discouraged. Once the tenant is in the premises carry out regular inspections, both externally and internallyif possible."

In a news report in "Landlord & buy-to-let magazine" there was a quote from a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police whose Operation Dragonfly targets commercial cannabis farms warned " Electricity illegally extracted by the growers to power lights and fans can total tens of thouands of pounds and the utilities companies will seek to recover the cost from landlords".

The Greater Manchester Police warn landlords to keep a look out for people arriving and leaving the property at randlom times of the day and night, a pungant aroma in the area, large amounts of electricalwiring, chemical and compost and blacked out windows or bright lights all night long.


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