A landlord was left horrified after discovering that her investment property had been used as a cannabis farm without her knowledge.
Landlord Deborah Young was shocked to discover that the terraced house she let out in Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf, contained up to 400 plants. Ms Young, originally from Sydney, Australia, returned from her holiday in Scotland to discover the plants, as well as various lights and equipment used to sustain the farm. The windows of the property had also been boarded up.
She said: ‘Upon returning to the property, we only got as far as the back door, but we went no further. I was in shock. I could see all of the branches littered all over the floor. It’s very frustrating. I’ve never seen anything like this in 40 years. I was told there were 137 plant pots in the living room, and altogether probably around 300 or 400 pots in the whole house.’
Devon and Cornwall Police are now leading the case, and said that an investigation will be taking place. At present, there have been no arrests or charges made.
Ms Young owns four other properties in the Treforest area, but is now planning to sell the property following its transformation into a cannabis farm.
She continued: ‘That’s my feeling, just to clear it completely. It’s ruined the house. I guess this is the type of thing that goes on around here. There could be loads of these factories in the area. There are fewer and fewer students in Treforest despite the University of South Wales being here, as more and more want to move to Cardiff. There are loads of ‘for sale’ and ‘to let’ signs if you look around. The incident hasn’t put me off the area as such, because this is the first time I have seen anything like it, but it’s certainly put me off the house.’