Warning over former grow-op homes

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Steve Randall

Homes that have been used for growing marijuana are becoming more difficult to buy and insure.

The Financial Post reports that mortgage lenders and insurance companies are increasingly declining applications for properties that have been used as grow ops due to the potential damage to the property.

Mould in the walls and chemicals that have permeated carpets and walls can cause costly issues and buyers may find that insurers and lenders insist on expensive tests before agreeing to proceed.

Brokers report that lenders will often refuse a loan even where there has been a single marijuana plant in the property and that, along with the potential damage, lenders are concerned that a criminal past of a property could affect its future resale value. 

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