Drug houses: Landlord caution needed
THE discovery of more cannabis grow-houses in Perth has sparked a warning to landlords to be extra vigilant when choosing tenants after a fire in a rental property in Orelia.
About 1.30pm on July 15, firefighters were called to a fire in the roof space. It was later discovered the power meter had been bypassed.
WA Police found three rooms had been turned into a cannabis farm with sophisticated hydroponic growing and lighting systems.
Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said crime gangs continued to target vulnerable private landlords who were often left with huge damage and clean-up bills.
“In many cases the rental applicants pose as a couple with a young child and may align themselves to the ethnic background of the landlord so they present as credible tenants,” Mr Hillyard said.
Conducting a demerit point check could indicate if a licence is fake.
“If a prospective tenant is reluctant to cooperate with a demerit check, alarm bells should ring.
“Conducting an inspection soon after the tenant moves in with a week’s notice is a good idea, especially if there are some doubts.”
Landlords who suspect their property is being used for illegal purposes should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 immediately.
A fire in a rental property in Orelia, which was being used as a cannabis growhouse by the tenants.