Landlord advice has come in the form of a statement from one of the professional bodies for buy-to-let property owners in the UK.

The National Landlords Association (NLA) said this week that private landlords need to be aware that their properties may be used as illegal factories to grow cannabis.

Ways to avoid tenants engaging in such activity were listed by the association, as it revealed how much damage can be caused to a property if it is used for growing drugs.

Private landlords were advised to make regular appointments to check their properties, making tenant credit checks and avoiding taking six months' rent at a time.

By doing this, problems with insurance and expensive renovation caused by growing drugs inside can apparently be averted.

David Salusbury, chairman of the NLA, said: "Cannabis factories are a blight on local communities and make their neighbours' lives a misery. We very much welcome any moves to track down where these factories are and shut them down."

Last month, the NLA appointed Sussanne Chambers as a new board member. She said that she wanted to maintain a high standard of customer service among private landlords.

Written by John Weeks

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