One thing that has been on the news today may be of interest to anyone renting out their property back in the UK. Apparantly there has been a huge rise in the number of houses found to be decked out as cannabis factories. In fact one was discovered in our sleepy village a few months back, in a large detached house on the edge of the village in a secluded spot, which had been rented out. One article on the BBC website says...
"Researchers discovered that gangs, mainly from south-east Asia, are choosing innocuous locations to turn rented properties into anonymous cannabis factories.
"You can have a row of identical houses in a row of identical streets, and one gets selected," said Harry Shapiro, from the charity Drugscope.
"You have well-dressed, respectable people going around to local estate agents and renting property. Nothing seems particularly out of the ordinary about that."
Unbeknown to landlords, cannabis growers strip the properties bare and knock through walls to install equipment including special lighting to aid the growth of the plants.
Tenants usually pay their rent up to months in advance and then disappear, leaving houses in disrepair and landlords facing unpaid electricity bills of up to thousands of pounds. "
Don't want to panic people but just something to be aware of. Read more at