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.
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