Landlord responsibilities should include running background checks on prospective tenants, says a property owner who found that one resident was running a drug factory.

Speaking to the Burton Mail the landlord, who did not wish to be named, said: "I would recommend landlords check references and passports."

"You have to be very careful,"she added.

The paper reports that the tenant had broken his tenancy agreement by changing the property's locks and refusing to hand over the key.

Aided by a locksmith the landlord and her husband let themselves into the property and discovered what the Mail describes as a "sophisticated cannabis factory".

Earlier this week saw another landlord in Crawley make a similar discovery.

Landlord Roger Crompton told the Mid Sussex Times that he had become suspicious when his tenants offered him an extra £2,000 a month.

A search of the property revealed smashed windows, bolts in the ceiling and cannabis plants scattered across the floor.

Written by Claire DoyleADNFCR-2002-ID-19281530-ADNFCR

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