Home buyers have a lot of stuff to worry about when looking for a new home. But one thing that might slip my mind– was this house a grow-op?
It may sound ridiculous. I mean, how likely is it that your prospective home was used for the growth of illicit substances?
According to the Ottawa Citizen:
Royal LePage agent Patricia Verge says Ottawa has 400 to 500 active grow-ops at any given time. She says the figure comes from an Ottawa police drug officer who explained the full extent of the problem to real estate agents several years ago. “Every area of the city is affected,” she said.
And the damage can run deep. Some growers will drill holes in the foundation in order to steal electricity. Other problems include structural faults, bad wiring, terrible mould issues and the remnants of toxic chemicals.
Ugh– sounds gross.
You see it turns out that the conditions kept for these plants are not exactly the ideal conditions for the upkeep of a home. The warm temperatures necessary to grow plants warps hardwood flooring and creates a lot of mould.
And in Ottawa, currently grow-ops are only listed as such for 3 months after which time an unsuspecting buyer could make a completely ignorant purchase. But a new bill, supported by OREA, is trying to change that. The MacLeod Bill suggests that there should be a provincial registry for grow-ops.