If you’re buying a new home, you’ve probably read a bit about the dangers of buying a house that has been used for illicit purposes, and you may be concerned that you won’t be able to spot one if that’s the case.
Drug labs and marijuana grow operations can wreak havoc on the inner-workings and liveability of a home. They can leave residual chemical contamination and mould, while the previous owners could have re-wired the home or made structural alterations that make the home dangerous to live in. If you do end up buying one of these homes, you could face serious expense in making the home safe and liveable.
Did you know that in Ontario and Toronto, a Realtor must tell you any information the could influence your decision to buy a home? This includes whether a home has been a grow-op or a drug laboratory.
However, the situation can become difficult when the Realtor does not have all of the necessary information – it’s not always known if a home was a grow-op or a drug lab. Last year, a bill was introduced that would provide Realtors with more information as to which houses in Ontario have histories like this, which would allow Realtors to be able to better inform their clients.
The bill passed its first reading this spring. Would you be interested in having an accessible registry of former grow-op homes in Ontario?
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