Ontario Real Estate Association Wants Grow Op Registry

Oakville Real Estate Associate

Recreational Marijuana will become legal on October 17, 2018.  The Federal Government will allow those aged 19+ to grow up to four pot plants in their homes and possess up to 30 grams of marijuana.


Would you be surprised that 93% of Ontarians would like to know if a home they were interested in purchasing was used as a marijuana grow op? That is the current finding of a recent survey by Ipsos Reid that was done for the Ontario Real Estate Association.


These Marijuana Grow Ops can pose a danger for a person’s health. There are health problems that can arise from occupying a former grow-op, these mainly arise from the presence of moulds and toxins that can contaminate the building. These can include allergic reactions, toxic effects, and infections. There can also be electrical and structural hazards, the legacy of the criminal activities carried on in the building.


When it comes to cleaning up a home that use to be a grow-op, it can cost, on average, $40,000 to clean up, according to the Insurance Board of Canada. Some buildings are so badly damaged by mould that they can’t be saved from demolition. If a building can be saved, mould remediation contractors might be called in to make the building habitable again. Some of them are so bad that the remediation people must wear full body protection suits with HEPA filtration masks to protect themselves. A building’s entire HVAC system might have to be replaced if it is contaminated with mould.


OREA says we need a province-wide registry of these former grow-ops and says that 88 percent of Ontarians agree.


Said OREA spokesperson Pat Verge, “Consumers need to know if the home they are planning on purchasing could put themselves and their family at serious risk.”


Brad Stevenett

Brad Stevenett

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