The story of a Southampton landlord avoiding jail time for permitting a cannabis farm to be cultivated in one of his properties is circulating housing news websites and the Residential Landlords’ Association is keen to keep landlords’ aware of the dangers. The Landlord Advice Team (LAT) fields calls from landlords concerning the best steps to take when discovering cannabis farms in their properties.
Insurance companies can abandon landlords, and difficulty with the police can also be an issue for unsuspecting private landlords. Previously, the RLA has provided guidance on some best practice tips to avoid the threat of cannabis farms set up in properties and police investigation.
Jim from the helpdesk wrote an article: Cannabis farms and the landlord.
The Southampton landlord, Justin Griffiths, seems to have gotten off lightly after permitting cannabis to be grown in his property by avoiding jail time. However, the 16-month suspended sentence, 200 hours of community service work order, and charges of £1,600 from fines, cost and a surcharge will convince other landlords not to make the same mistakes.
Last year Derbyshire police warned landlords: Inspect properties for cannabis farms or face prosecution.
If you are a member of the RLA and have questions, please do not hesitate to call the advice line for more information.
Otherwise the RLA host a course: “Tenants and drugs: know the score!” in a bid to keep landlords savvy and the right side of the law. Dealing with tenants and drugs in privately rented accommodation can be a very convoluted issue for landlords and being forewarned is being forearmed.