Former Marijuana Grow Houses For Sale?

When you go house hunting you should be looking for more than “For Sale” signs. Other signs you should be alert to be indications the house you are considering may have been a former grow op.

this info is especially for House hunters who do not include Real Estate Pro. In their initial search.
With so much at stake, take advantage of the experience and knowledge of a registered real estate broker or salesperson.

Brokers and salespersons are obligated to disclose any material fact about a property or its history they are aware of that could affect a person’s decision to buy. A broker or salesperson may also be able to provide you with a Seller Property Information Statement (SPIS) if one exists.

Grow ops can be hard to spot after an operation has been dismantled, particularly if the house’s grow-op history is several buyers in the past. Mould especially can be difficult to detect.

They may look like any other home on the surface, but grow ops undergo a number of renovations. Although they usually require extensive repair, former grow houses are just as likely to be given only cosmetic alterations to hide the real damage before being put up for sale.

You should give serious consideration to having a home inspected to reduce the possibility of buying a home that has been cosmetically renovated.

In some circumstances, you may also want to consider having a professional engineer check for possible structural damage.


In addition to working with a professional home inspector, you can also look for these “Top Ten” signs that a home may have been used as a grow op:


  • Mould in corners where the walls and ceilings meet
  • Unusual number of roof vents or signs of roof vents
  • Fresh paint on window frames to cover damage caused by the high levels of      humidity
  • Painted concrete floors in the basement with circular marks where pots once stood
  • Evidence of tampering with the electric meter (damaged or broken seals) or the ground around it
  • Unusual or modified wiring on the exterior of the house
  • Brownish stains on the underside of beams or arches that bleed down a wall
  • Concrete masonry patches, or alterations on the inside of the garage
  • Patterns of screw holes on the walls
  • Fire place alterations
  • Denting on front doors (from police ramming the door)


If you suspect that a property is being used as a grow-op, you should contact your local police department or call Crime Stoppers.

Contact Information

Toronto Crime Stoppers
808 York Mills Road, P.O. Box 36002
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1X8

416 222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)

Text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637)

Please note that the “top ten” signs listed above are only some of the signs that a property has been used as a grow op.
Source: http://www.reco.on.ca/publicdocs/Marijuana%20Grow%20Houses.pdf

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This publication contains general information only and should not be construed as legal or professional advice. For legal or professional advice specific to your real estate transaction or situation, you should seek the services of a competent professional.


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