Article by Laurence Watt, Kelowna Now
Earlier this month the Government proposed the long-awaited Cannabis Act to finally push forward with legalizing marijuana.
However, although many people are basking in the high that cannabis is on the verge of becoming legal, the association that represents landlords in B.C. is concerned about the potential ramifications that home-based production of the product could have on their obligations to tenants, damages to properties and their ability to provide homes to British Columbians.
According to the CEO of Landlord B.C. David Hutniak, there are three primary issues that could arise if tenants were to begin growing and cultivating cannabis on rental properties.
The first issue regards landlord’s responsibilities to their tenants.
“Under the Residential Tenancy Act we have an obligation to ensure all tenants have a right to quiet enjoyment, and that doesn’t apply strictly to noise but applies to pets in the building and applies to this scenario, where cannabis growth and production in a rental dwelling… can be intrusive,” said Hutniak. “The odor in particular is the issue we run into with other tenants who find it quite offensive.”
The second issue regards potential damages that could occur from tenants establishing their own personal grow-op in the rental property.