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Don't Just worry about Grow Houses ~ Flowers can do Damage too!


Everyone is concerned about marihuana grow houses and the damage that they can do, but what about somebody just growing flowers?

To a large extent, it’s much the same. The area in the home is dense with flowers. They get watered and they get sunlight 9either real or artificial), but the result is the same. It’s humid and mould grows.


So, if you were renting out your property what kind of clause would you like to include. Consider the following:


Unless otherwise agreed, any Lease of the premises shall be deemed to include the following provision:


The Lessee covenants and agrees with the Lessor as follows:


  1. not to use, permit, allow, suffer, or acquiesce in the property or any part thereof being used for the growth or manufacture of illegal products or substances, by any occupant or any other person,
  2. not to use, permit, allow, suffer or acquiesce in the property or any part thereof being used for the growth or manufacture of any chemical or biological substance, whether legal or not, which may result in the contamination of the premises by mould or any other substance which may harm the premises, by any occupant or any other person.


The first paragraph dealt with, or at least, was intended to deal with the illegal grow house and the second paragraph is intended to focus on one that would otherwise be legal.


If you own the property, you don’t want either, or you wish to make the appropriate adjustments.


You might be surprised to find that there are no standard clauses that really protect you in such instances. This is something of a surprise, so, you really have to take matters into your own hands and protect yourself.


This might be a matter to bring to your lawyer’s attention. A good solicitor who practices in the real estate field in Ontario should be able to draft a suitable clause for your protection.

Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker is an author and commentator on real estate matters.