Council house in Solihull barred to tenants after two cannabis busts - The Solihull Observer

Council house in Solihull barred to tenants after two cannabis busts

Solihull Editorial 24th Jul, 2020   0

A HOUSE let by Solihull Community Housing will be locked to tenants after a cannabis farm was found.

Police found 18 cannabis plants growing at a house on Leahill Croft in Chelmsley Wood in June this year.

Power supplies had been tapped to provide energy for grow lights.

The bust came just six months after a previous raid, when police discovered 16 plants at the address in December 2019.

On Tuesday (July 22), Birmingham Magistrates granted a closure order which was requested by Solihull Community Housing, the borough’s largest housing association.

In a statement, SCH said “this Closure Order prohibits anyone, including the tenant, from returning to or entering the premises for a period of three months. Anyone that breaches the order commits an offence and can be arrested. They are then liable to imprisonment for a maximum of three months and will be fined.”

SCH chief executive, Fiona Hughes, said: “Drug use, dealing and cultivation is strictly against the terms of a tenancy agreement and is also of course against the law.

“We want our tenants to live safely and happily in their homes and within their wider communities. Seeking a Closure Order is not something we undertake lightly. However, we will act in conjunction with Solihull Council and the police, when we hear of crimes such as this taking place in our properties.”

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