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Cannabis Farm Discovered In Cumbrian Mansion

Police in Cumbria discovered the remains of a large cannabis farm in Flass House, Meaburn following reports of suspicious activity taking place there.

The state of the property aroused the suspicions of a local when they noticed all the windows had been boarded up and there was a large generator outside; they alerted the police immediately.

The building was left considerably altered and abandoned hastily, taking the police two days to seize evidence and to make the property safe. There were no arrests made but the owner advised police that he had rented the house out to a group of people who he believed were going to renovate the property.

Make sure this doesn't happen to you! Some tell tale signs that someone might be cultivating in the property are:

  • They offer to pay 6 months rent up front.
  • Windows of the property permanently covered from the inside or boarded up.
  • Visitors at unusual times of the day or night.
  • People often do not live on the premises and only visit to maintain them.
  • The cannabis or by-products such as used fertiliser will be removed in black bin bags or laundry bags.
  • There may be a vent protruding through the roof or rear window.
  • There may be a pungent smell coming from the premises although having previously publicised this many premises now use mothballs, particularly at letter boxes, to stop the smells escaping.
  • There may be noise coming from the equipment on the premises. (e.g. cooling fans)

Most Landlord Insurance Policies will not cover damage to the property following on from the tenant converting it to a cannabis farm - read your policy wording closely!

You should also strongly consider referencing all tenants to reduce the risk of renting the property to an undesirable tenant.

Referencing your potential tenant is highly recommended. Carrying out a reference on your tenant before offering them the tenancy to your property could save you from months of heartache of attempting to get them back out if they turn out to be bad payers or worse!

Remember! This property is your investment and even though we all like the personal touch you should remember that this is first and foremost a business transaction.

Find out more information about our Tenant Referencing here or you can contact our referencing team directly on 0345 345 1705 or by emailing


Posted By Admin on Friday, June 15, 2012 | Type: Blog

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