There have been several reports over the past few years of grow ops being shut down by police in and around the Hamilton and Niagara regions. Regulations in regards to disclosure of whether or not the property was a former site of a grow up varies across the country. In Ontario, the law requires that property owners and agents disclose information to perspective buyers about whether the property was the site of a grow op.
What is a grow op?
A grow op is a facility (can be a house, apartment, abandoned building, etc for example) where someone has leased or purchased the property and turned it into an indoor nursery as a means of growing marijuana plants.
Why is it important that you know whether the property you are buying was the site of a grow op?
1. Health Reasons
Buildup of mould in the home can be damaging to your health. Mould can help to make existing immunological diseases such as Hay Fever, Allergies and Asthma worse. Infections and possibly cancer can develop from possible long term exposure to toxic mould.
Not only can mould be a problem but the use of toxic chemicals can also be problematic as it is something that can linger around the home without notice in the air, on land and in the water.
Landlords or property owners have on occasion painted over the mould and therefore unknowning tenants can become exposed to this hazard.
The site of a grow op usually have significant modifications made in order to conduct a grow op in the home. A few examples include:
- Hydro repair
- Mould removal
- Possible reconstruction depending on the level of damage that has been done.
3. Legal Implications
If you fail to disclose information to the buyer, there may be legal implications including a law suit filed. You may be required to cover the necessary costs of repairs or pay damages to the people who purchased the home from you.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of "What You Should Know About The Site of a Former Grow Op Property"
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