Private landlords are being urged to team up with police in a bid to help snuff out illegal drug production in rental properties.

Suffolk Constabulary has released a new guide aimed at helping landlords to identify telltale signs of drug use in their houses.

Officers suggested that drug criminals often operate out of rented accommodation, setting up "cannabis factories"in suburban houses.

This impacts negatively on the local community and could also see thousands of pounds worth of damage done to properties, leaving landlords with a high price to pay.

Robin Pivett, drug reduction and prevention officer, said: "The reputation of the landlord or property manager can be affected [and] other property owners may be reluctant to place their properties with the rental company."

Private landlords could help to reduce the risk of incurring problem tenants by performing full background checks before deciding to let their properties and continuing a positive relationship with their lodgers.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18966574-ADNFCR

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