Drug houses: Land­lord cau­tion needed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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