More and more frequently South London Electricians are getting calls from landlords because we need to dismantle a cannabis farm that has been installed in their rented property. This is a rising problem so here are a few tips in order to help stop people growing illegal drugs in your home.
The average cost of damage to a property is around £17,000 but according to a leading landlord insurance broker, most cases can accrue up to £40,000. Insurance brokers are slowly incorporating this into their policies but a lot of landlords are finding their insurance policies do cover damage due to tenants growing drugs and landlords have to pay out of their own pocket to fix the damage.
People that grow cannabis can dismantle the meter, damage it in order to power heavy duty lights and disguise the energy cost. They install foil in rooms, fans, insert hooks and sprinklers and can cause quite a lot of damage to the property. If the energy companies clock on, you could be sent threatening letters and police arriving at the property. That is why it is wise to inspect your property regularly.
A big warning sign tenants may be up to no good is that they offer to pay well above market price, pay months in advance and will ask you not to come and check the property. Although the huge increase in rent might come in handy, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is. It’s is always best to take what its worth and be safe rather than deal with the consequences later.
South London Electricians can be contracted to inspect your property every one to three months for you to assess the property and see if any work needs to be done at great competitive rates. We will inform you of the state of the property and if we suspect tenants are growing cannabis in your home.
It is quite a job for us to come and dismantle a cannabis farm, usually the police are involved at this point and it can become quite expensive, remember, landlords are paying up to £40,000 in damages. For a small fee every one to three months you can ensure your property investment is in safe hands.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry so give South London Electricians a call for a free no obligation quote.