The number of cannabis farms being uncovered by police is on the rise.
The vast majority of these farms are set up in legitimately rented properties. Typically a landlord or letting agent is duped into renting out his property to a front couple who start off the tenancy and then hand the keys over to a gang of organized criminals. Once the gang has moved in and begun the conversion process the damage to your property can be severe.
Many landlords will take the right steps and get their buy to let property insurance in place, yet they won't even consider the risk of their property being used as a cannabis farm, yet it's one of the most serious risks your property faces. Quite aside from the fact that your house is being used for criminal activity, there are many physical risks that you'd probably want to avoid.
What can happen?
Cannabis farmers are known to be quite ruthless in the alterations they make to gain the maximum growing potential from the properties they rent. The damage can vary from moderate to the extreme but it's common for there to be a combination of electrical, structural, and water damage after a property is used as a cannabis farm.
Internal walls are often knocked down, doors and partitions removed to make additional growing space for the crops. Elaborate, badly built irrigation systems are used to feed the plants, often leading to serious water damage.
Damage to the electrical systems are common as farmers try to bypass the meter or overload capacity with the high-powered growing lights they deploy. in a recent case, a gate at the side of the property was wired directly to the mains, am extreme DIY security measure that could have killed anyone trying to get access to the property.