There’s currently a bill that has passed its first reading to establish a registry for homes in Ontario that have been used as drug laboratories or marijuana grow-ops. Such a bill would make it easier for home buyers and their real estate agents to learn more about the history of their home, particularly if the home has been used for a purpose that could render it unsafe.
In response, the Ontario Real Estate Association conducted a survey, finding that 93 per cent of Ontarians would want to know if their home had been used as a grow-op or a drug lab. In addition, 88 per cent would support an Ontario-wide registry.
“The prevalence of these homes in Ontario is frankly quite alarming,” said a member of the Ontario Real Estate Association’s Board of Directors. “Realtors want to be able to warn their clients as early in the purchasing process as possible. We urge the Legislature to pass this bill in order to protect homebuyers.”
According to the poll, 24 per cent of Ontario residents know of homes in their neighbourhoods that have been used as grow-ops.
Grow-ops and drug lab homes can present serious challenges for home buyers who later purchase them, because they can be riddled with toxic mould, chemical residue or even have hazardous re-wiring.
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