Tenants Growing Marijuana Wreck Properties
Given the popularity of Marijuana use in the United States, property owners and landlords should be on the lookout for tenants using houses for marijuana grow operations. With the recent decriminalization of pot, these operations have become more common, as people feel emboldened.
In addition to incurring the wrath of law enforcement, the running of marijuana grow operations by tenants growing marijuana wreck properties as well as the health of current and subsequent occupants. One of the chief hazards to properties caused by marijuana grow operations is water damage, given that the illicit cultivation of cannabis involves running what are essentially indoor farms.
Water damage can severely compromise the condition of a property, resulting in the rotting of beams and the rusting of steel, as well as the de-lamination of key materials such as plywood and the destruction of carpeting, wallpaper and paint. The presence of water also provides the ideal conditions for the growth of mold. Mold from Marijuana growing is extremely unsightly, it can stain or discolor walls, ceilings or carpets, and can require extensive and costly repairs to fully remediate. On top of the negative aesthetic impact, mold can also be hazardous to the health of occupants, causing sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion as well as respiratory problems, particularly for those who suffer from asthma or sensitive allergies.
Marijuana grow operations can cause severe damage to properties in the form of the extensive structural alterations involved in the construction of functioning indoor farms – illicit activities from which the runners of such operations are unlikely to shy away given their demonstrable readiness to break the law. These include unapproved alterations to the electrical wiring and plumbing of houses in order to avert the huge power and water bills that go along with grow operations.
The good news for landlords and property managers, is that marijuana grow operations in houses are easily detected if the landlord or property manager makes visits to the property.
Obvious physical signs include vents in the roofs, windows or others parts of the house, enhanced security in the form of security cameras, floodlights, and covered windows or unusually bright lighting.
Other signs include the pungent odor of marijuana plants which smells like skunk, power surges or brown-outs in the neighborhood as a result of the large amounts of electricity that grow operations use, and the presence of large amounts of condensation on windows.