Private landlords are being urged to consult police if they have any suspicion that their tenants could be using rental properties for drug dealing purposes.

Thames Valley Police want private landlords to be aware of the potential property damage that can be caused when rented homes are used as cannabis factories.

"Your building will suffer substantial damage due to re-wiring, potential flooding and the breaking down of walls,"said detective inspector Dave Allen of Burnham Police. "It is also likely that your home will be booby-trapped."

Landlords worried about their tenants' activities might be wise to consult tenant eviction firms such as Landlord Action, as earlier this month Derbyshire Police warned that drug farms present a high risk of causing fires within a property.

Thames Valley Police yesterday revealed it seized over 300 cannabis plants at just two addresses in Iver on Tuesday morning.

This discovery came after rental properties commonly featured among the 52 cannabis farms discovered in the Derbyshire region between April and December 2008, police said.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19033987-ADNFCR

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