Landlord £10,000 cost of tenant’s drugs farm
A landlord has spoken out to the Wigan Today and asked to remain anonymous, has had thousands of pounds worth of damage to his property after it was turned into a cannabis farm
The landlord was happy with the tenant who had been living in the property for four years and regularly visited to carry out checks and was unaware of anything unusual happening at his property; until a phone call from police a week ago telling him they had discovered a cannabis farm.
The landlord now wants to warn other landlords after the farm “trashed” his house.
The landlord commented: “I have never had a problem with the tenant, who had been living there for about four years, before. I think he must have got into some sort of trouble with someone who pressured him into it or he started taking drugs and had maybe got into debt and to repay it they have let a gang use the house. I don’t think this is something he could have done on his own, it is a really professional job, they have even drilled holes in the ceiling for vents. I think maybe he left and let the gangs take over because the farm was everywhere, all along the top floor and the loft. It looks like they built it, farmed the plants and left.
“I’d say by the amount of gear in there the plants they grew would have been worth around £100,000. The police attended on January 12 but they didn’t contact me until last week. It was a real shock to get a call like that out of the blue.”
“They have completely trashed it. The damage is unbelievable. It is going to need a new kitchen, bathrooms, the holes in the roof will need fixing and it will need completely redecorating. It could cost up to £10,000 for me to get sorted. There was nothing to suggest this was happening. The rent was coming in on time as always. But apparently the neighbours started to notice the smell and called the police.”
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