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UK landlords are being warned to be vigilant towards tenants cultivating cannabis in their properties.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that police seized over 400,000 plants in the UK last year alone.
The highest number of seizures were made by the Metropolitan police (59,002), followed by police in Wiltshire and the West Midlands.
Cannabis farms can cause significant damage to properties, including severe water damage, fires and ceiling damage.
Property 118 partner Discount Landlord recommends that landlords get their tenants fully referenced to check their background and check whether they have been involved in any criminal activity in the past.
“Landlords are urged to undertake regular inspections of their properties, and to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity,” says a spokesperson.
“Owners can also face legal action if it is proved that they were aware that such activities were taking place in their property, or that they have benefited financially from them in any way.”
Landlords are advised to look out for higher than normal electricity bills and evidence that electrical wires have been tampered with which could be tell-tale signs that cannabis is being cultivated in the property.
Those who suspect that their property is being used for such activity are urged to contact the police straight away and not to confront their tenants themselves.
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