Landlord faces a hefty bill for repairs after a cannabis farm
Nottinghamshire landlord faces a hefty bill for repairs after a cannabis farm was set up in the let property.
A gas engineer was called to change the meter in a property in Nottinghamshire.
The safe gas engineer discovered the cannabis farm. The engineer smelt a strong smell of drugs from Blidworth house.
The gas engineer, as a high priority, then immediately called Nottinghamshire Police.
Nottinghamshire police officers found approximately 33 cannabis plants across two rooms, the attic, garage, and more ready, made drugs inboxes.
An electrical engineer who attended the property later confirmed that the electric meter had been dangerously hot-wired illegally.
The stolen electricity enabled power to the plants to be cultivated in the garage and the bedrooms. The utility company estimate the cost of the stolen electricity to be around £2,500.
The landlord was informed of the cannabis farm, and he was shocked by what he saw on the property. The property was adapted to create the cannabis farm, and in doing so, extensive damage had been caused.
The property had holes in the ceilings, and extensive water damage also caused damage to the carpets.
Mr Langton Machacha, 36, of Bristol, pleaded guilty to drug class B (cannabis) production, stealing electricity and criminal damage.
When Mr Machacha appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday, 24 February 2021. He was handed a two-year prison sentence, which is suspended for two years,
Detective Constable Christine Hewlett of Nottingham police said: “We work on intelligence and information from the local community, and we act on anything we receive; in this incident, the gas engineer called the police straight away having smelt the drugs.
“We are dedicated to interrupting drug supply across Nottinghamshire; it preys on vulnerable people, fuels crime and causes a nuisance to those who live nearby.
“We also found that the electricity had been bypassed at the premises; this can put not only the offender’s lives at risk with illegal and unsafe tampering of the electricity supply but also their neighbours.
“The premises were made safe by Western Power before officers could dismantle and remove the plants.
“Drugs can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and the community as a whole.
“I’d like to reassure the local Blidworth community that we are determined to do all we can to disrupt this type of activity and to keep them safe.” He said.
Cannabis farms are notorious for causing extensive damage, the offender has no regard for the property or the safety of others. Landlords should look out for telltale signs like:
- The strong smell of cannabis
- Excessive rubbish including grow bags and compost bags
- Blacked out windows
- Constant use of ventilation equipment
- Huge increase in the electric bill
- Comings and goings during unsociable hours
- High levels of condensation in the property
How to protect yourself from cannabis farmers?
Last few years we have seen new legislation brought in which places a number of obligations on landlords with regard to their tenants. These include:-
- Tenant verification
It is important that landlords are able to ascertain that potential renters are legally living in the UK and allowed to reside. The potential for unlimited fines and a custodial sentence if the relevant checks and paperwork and not pursued.
Always obtain references and check the references to ensure they are not forged.
- Photo ID
It is crucial that you obtain a photo ID when looking at a potential new tenant.
- Credit checks
It is very important to carry out credit checks on all prospective tenants.
You can check our other blog on a cannabis farm.
Author: Sarah Featherstone Sarah@thebla.co.uk
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