In the past few years, there has been a distinct increase in the number of Cannabis Factories discovered across Northern Ireland.
Often these Cannabis Cultivations are controlled by Organised Criminal Gangs and they have been discovered in large scale commercial sites in Industrial Estates and also rural locations in outbuildings/barns rented out for commercial purposes by the owner of the land. Often cannabis factories have been discovered in residential rental properties, from a 2 bed flat or a 7 bedroom house. Extensive damage is often caused to the building during the installation and subsequent removal of the cannabis cultivation and this can run into thousands of pounds, ultimately the liability of the landlord or their insurance company.
Identifying a few simple early warning signs and by carrying out due diligence in relation to their properties this risk can be drastically minimized. Protect Your Investment from the Drug Dealer - Advice for Landlords leaflet.