Landlords often ask us what goes on behind the scenes at The Key Place and so we thought we would share our experiences, and what we have learned from those experiences, with you.
Property inspections – they are certainly not all dull, and this particular one did make me laugh!
One of The Key Place’s newer members of staff went to carry out an inspection at a property where we had long term tenants who had never given us previous cause for concern as a result of inspections.
The staff member arrived back at the office looking somewhat stunned, to say that the tenants were growing cannabis plants in the bedroom – she saw a number of plants, underneath specialist lights.
In recent times we have been made increasingly aware of the problems of cannabis farms in rented properties. Staff have been briefed in being vigilant.
I decided to visit the tenants immediately to see if they could shed some light (no pun intended) on the situation, as this seemed very out of character. I called and asked if I could pop by and took my office manager with me. On answering the door, I asked the tenants outright if they were growing cannabis plants. Amidst much laughter, they explained that it was not a cannabis farm but the tenant’s mother’s tomatoes, which they were looking after while the mother was on holiday. They invited me in to have a look and sure enough I was able to confirm that those were indeed tomato plants!
This was a good learning curve for The Key Place staff member as we were able to educate her in how to tell a cannabis plant from a tomato plant in the real world! And on the plus side, I was delighted with her vigilance.
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