Drug Haul Worth £60k Found in Rented Property by Landlords

A drug haul worth around £60,000 has been discovered in a rental property. The tenant responsible has appeared in court.

The tenant was caught subsequent to a visit from the landlord of the property. The purpose of his visit was simply for a property inspection, following complaints received from neighbours about a strong smell of cannabis coming from the property.

Luke Marshall, 23, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin in October last year.

In addition, more than £18,000 was recovered along with the drugs.

Fiscal depute Colin Neilson told the court: “The witness is the landlord at the locus and knows the accused as a tenant.

“On October 5, 2017, he received an email from the factor saying there were complaints about the locus and that there was a strong smell of cannabis coming from it.”
According to Neilson, drugs were found in the plumbing in the toilet. Cocaine and heroin in wraps were also found.

The tenant will later be sentenced.

We’re constantly reminding landlords about the importance of periodic inspections and why it is integral to ensure that tenants are complying with the tenancy agreement. For more information, please visit our website and have a read of our informative guides.

There are measures you can take as a landlord to attempt the prevention of this issue. It is adviced that when you are seeking potential tenants, you should use the right letting agents as they have your best interests at heart and will do their best to ensure that both you and your tenant maintain a positive relationship.

However, if you should find yourself in a difficult situation regarding rogue tenants, and are unsure about what measures you should take, please visit our website and sign up for free to access informative guides on the eviction process.

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