East Midlands

Derbyshire Police warns landlords to inspect properties for cannabis farms or “face prosecution”

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Derbyshire police have released a statement urging landlords to investigate their rental properties in the search for illegal cannabis farms…

Derbyshire Constabulary have released a statement urging landlords to investigate their rental properties in the search for illegal cannabis farms.

With a rise of cannabis farms cropping up in residential properties in the Derbyshire area, Derbyshire constabulary are campaigning to locals to watch out for tell-tale signs of cannabis production and to report any suspicious activity. The campaign informs residents of the rise of crime that cannabis production will bring to the local area, including the rise of burglary and gang activity in the neighbourhood.

Police have warned landlords that not only will they be faced with a hefty repair bill for damages to the property, but they may also face prosecution under the Misuse of Drugs Act if they fail to take measures to ensure that their homes are not being used to grow the illegal substance.

Steve Holme, leading expert on drugs for the Derbyshire force, said: “Criminals often set up these large cannabis farms in rented houses or flats and the damage they cause is absolutely shocking.

“In a short space of time they can tear the furniture out, gut the whole place and have cannabis plants growing in every single room.

“They mess with the power supply, punch holes in the walls for ventilation, leave the garden and exterior of the property to degrade and generally make the house unliveable.

Evidently, landlords are left with the burden of fixing the damages, as Derbyshire Police reported that one case in Derby left the landlord with a £25,000 repair bill.

Holme’s stated: “What many landlords don’t realise is that, if their residential property is used for this criminal activity, they might not be able to claim for any damage on their insurance, which leaves them with a massive bill once the farm has been discovered.

“They have a responsibility to monitor these properties and it will be pretty obvious if one is being turned into a cannabis farm, so let us know immediately if you suspect this is happening to you.”

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3 Comments

  • I was the unwitting owner of a cannibis farm last year. The tenants were living downstairs whilst filling 2 upstairs bedrooms with the weed. The guy delayed my 6 monthly inspection by claiming his wife was critically ill with 3 medical visits per day. Their cover was blown by a dispute with a customer involving the small matter of a shotgun.

    They had paid their rent and kept the house pretty well!

    I wanted to cooperate with the Police in charging them but the Police were not interested. Despite growing 70 plants and discharging an illegal fire arm they were not sent down….

  • Impossible to police! A landlord could inspect one day, a farm could be started the next.
    If a landlord was to inspect every property they own as regularly as required to look for these activities they could be sued for harassment under Human Rights legislation.

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