Landlords warned over cannabis factories

by Christopher Evans

Residential landlords need to take action to prevent properties they are renting out from being misused as cannabis factories, the National Landlords' Association (NLA) has said.

The body stated that apart from the illegal act itself, such crime is often linked to the trading of hard drugs and human trafficking, while the interior of such properties is often badly damaged, with insurers unwilling to pay out for this.

It advised that landlords should carry out actions including making regular inspections of rental homes, something they will have to give tenants notice of.

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Other things the NLA said landlords can do include getting references from previous landlords and refusing to take payments of rent six months in advance - the latter being a common move by cannabis factory makers.

The NLA advice came to mark National Tackling Drugs Week.

This is designed to show what various agencies and the police are doing to tackle the problem, the Home Office has stated.

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Published on: June 9, 2009

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