If you haven’t inspected a grow house yet, you probably will


If you haven’t inspected a grow house yet, you probably will

Nov 10, 2014
Relaxed pot laws in many states mean more homes are being used as “grow houses,” raising potential liability and disclosure issues for listing brokers and agents.
More than half of the U.S. Realtors live in jurisdictions that permit the medical or recreational use of marijuana, the National Association of Realtors said in summarizing a panel discussion on the topic at the 2014 Realtors Conference and Expo in New Orleans.
According to the Institute of Real Estate Management, 23 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana use, and 15 states allow residents to grow marijuana for themselves or other medical marijuana users. Two states have legalized recreational pot use.
The number of agents who find themselves helping clients buy or sell former grow houses is expected to grow, as shifting public opinion leads more states to follow suit.
One question raised by legalization: Are real estate agents obligated to disclose if a seller has grown marijuana in a home?
That might be important information, since growing a lot of thirsty plants indoors can damage a home. The high humidity levels needed for growing marijuana can cause mold, for instance.
So far no state requires that sellers disclose to potential buyers that a house was used to grow marijuana. But that doesn’t mean a seller and their agent might not get hit with a lawsuit if a buyer discovers problems with a home that were not disclosed.
Pauline Aunger, a Realtor in Ottawa, Canada, where medical marijuana is permitted but illegal growing operations have become a problem, said listing agents should disclose if a property has been used for growing marijuana.
“Realtors need to ask questions of sellers if they suspect the home was ever used for the growth of marijuana,” Aunger said on the NAR panel.
The Association of Saskatchewan Realtors has called for the government to create a “grow-op” registry to alert prospective buyers if homes have been used to produce methamphetamine or grow marijuana.
In a “Field Guide t0 Marijuana Grow Houses,” NAR noted that in 2011, more than 800 illegal grow houses were seized in Florida alone.
Denver real estate broker Jack O’Connor tells the The Palm Beach Post that marijuana legalization has created “a disclosure nightmare.”
Of course, one broker’s nightmare is another’s opportunity.
In January, Denver agent Bob Costello launched a marijuana-friendly marketing campaign offering prospective clients who might want to grow pot insight into what type of homes they should be looking for.

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Do you think Roy called and got permission?

Did a foreclosure a few years back.
All the grow lighting, etc. was set up in the very large attic.
The circuit breaker panel was full of double & triple taps.
It was crazy!

uh oh! :o

gee as per usual Good old Michael is Ridiculing my post.
He just loves to try and play police man .
Or challenge my post.
I wonder is it really any of his business what I post.
I expected him to continue on with his I am better then all the rest .
I wonder why he does not report me .

Gee as per usual Good old Michael is Ridiculing my post.
He just loves to try and play police man .
Or challenge my post’s.
I wonder is it really any of his business what I post.
I expected him to continue on with his I am better then all the rest .
I wonder why he does not report me .

If mike thinks I have broken any laws then he is breaking the law by not reporting me .

Well how about that Michael is a law breaker .

Not at all I was pointing out your illegal use of copyrighted material.:stuck_out_tongue:

You have some funny laws up there.:shock:

Funny like how you follow me around like a lost puppy and continue to accuse me of all sorts of wrong doing .
This has gone on since I said I was a free thinker .
You are a sick religious fanatic, who is trying to convert me into following your God.
It would be a good idea if you tried to follow the rules of your religion .
You are extremely jealous of me and the great life I lead .
You get upset when I post good information .
I start a string and Many times Mike tries to destroy me .

You are talking about your self Roy.

This has nothing to do worth you being a free thinker. (stupid term by the way)

You are one of the most closed minded people I have ever encountered.

Not my job to convert anyone.

That is thankfully God’s job.

It is my responsibility to spread the good news.

Typical Michael he hates almost every thing.

I like your posts Roy ! :smiley:

Me too Roy.


Dallas and Nick .
I am fortunate to have many friends who send me lots of Information .
I just post what I feel helps some with the information .
I enjoy it and am glad to give help Ideas and information .
I get many questions via email and many thanks for the help I give .

Did you forget who the Boss is?

Are you still here on a green card?

Thanks for the reminder I loved that post and how true it is. Unfortunately I can not find it now ?? can you help thanks Roy

Nope permanent resident if it was any of your business . yes i gladly pay taxes any other questions i be glad to answer Boss;-)

I did one last week. They seem to be popping up more and more. I have seen three already this year alone. Plants were missing though.:(:(:roll:

A few years ago, one of my trainees and I attended a Seminar on grow-ops given by the RCMP (in Ottawa). What surprised me is that there were only 2 attendees from Québec (around 500 inspectors)! Then i also remember that, in January of 2010, our famous ACTOR posing as an inspector (yeah the guy with tattoos and earrings…)entrapped 3 inspectors in a grow-op in Vancouver on CBC’s Marketplace!

Point is, you’ll probably inspect one and it’s much better to be as aware as possible!

Good post!