RLA to attend Home Office cannabis cultivation meeting

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The Home Office has contacted the RLA about a meeting in March to discuss what strategic partnerships can be created to get landlords to help tackle cannabis cultivation. Preventing cannabis cultivation can stop many associated issues from taking root within local communities…

The Home Office has contacted the RLA about a meeting in March to discuss what strategic partnerships can be created to get landlords to help tackle cannabis cultivation. Preventing cannabis cultivation can stop many associated issues from taking root within local communities.

The Landlord Advice Team (LAT) often field calls from private landlords who have been impacted by criminals with cannabis farms. Private landlords can be stung twice by these criminals as some insurers do not provide coverage for damages caused by alterations to properties to accommodate lights and other growing facilities. The Home Office is keen to engage with the RLA because of the hard work done by the LAT and RLA campaigners to help private landlords.

The National Policing lead for cannabis and fire services will be in attendance discussing the Crimestoppers campaign. Working with relevant stakeholders can only help landlords tackle this damaging practice as cannabis farms can be a significant issue for private landlords.

The Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) enjoys a good working partnership with the Home Office and remain optimistic that the criminals who conduct these activities are pulled up from the root, while unsuspecting private landlords are protected effectively.

Be sure to read up on cannabis farms with an article from LAT guru and member favourite Jim Lougheed: cannabis farms and the landlord

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  • Are we so stupid in Britain that we cannot learn the lessons of history? If we prohibit something for which there is huge demand then the price rises and violent criminals become involved. This applies to all drugs but most especially to cannabis.

    If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. We’d have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms destroying property and causing fires. Instead we’d have thousands of new jobs. We’d have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we’d have some control over the THC and CBD content. Science proves how much safer cannabis is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. The evidence is that where legal regulation is introduced, consumption by children and all health and social harms are reduced.

    Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an illegal monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that you can grow in your greenhouse for virtually nothing.

    Independent, expert research also indicates that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion pa.

    Our present policy on cannabis is irrational, irresponsible and dangerous. On 6th November 2012 Colorado and Washington state legalised cannabis for adults. On 1st August 2013 Uruguay legalised. Surely, this inevitable and long overdue reform will now begin to roll out across the world?

    • Thank you for your considered response. As a campaigning vehicle for landlords, we aim to make the lives of private landlord as straightforward and easy as possible. As it stands, cannabis is illegal and professional landlords are stung by criminals who deal with it in/around their properties. If the law ever changes we will provide guides as how to remain legally compliant. In the meantime, meetings like this provide an important venue for the RLA as an organisation to understand Government objectives, and for Government to engage with private landlords.

  • This is a waste of time and money. These kind of implementations will merely drive criminals deeper into the black market, making them more dangerous and more volient towards the vulnerable public. The only way to prevent these inconveniences for the landlords is to tax and regulate the substance in order to drive away the criminals associated with large grow ops.

  • Lettings agents in for example the Hayes/ Uxbridge area are involved in turning rental properties into cannabis farms. The Police aren’t addressing the issue. Some landlords are no doubt in league with the agents but the police are not prioritising this matter which is costing landlords thousands of pounds, with costs starting at at least £10,000 to put a 3 bed house back to a rentable condition.
    Letting agents need to be regulated first as a priority to help prevent the proliferation of cannabis farms. Some are making a fortune from this sideline and getting away with it.

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