This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member Barry Artiste who was on the scene.
British Columbia Laws: Investment up in smoke, tenant's grow-op
Barry Artiste Op/Ed
Lets see? MMMMMMM, I have been to no less than 300 Grow op and Meth Lab busts for various Police agencies and Municipalities, to ensure chemicals, booby traps etc used in these drug labs do not harm officers and other officials alike.
The photos you see were taken by me when a high profile drug bust occurred and was reported by the media, this place was a grow op and a meth lab. Hey Welcome to my World, I see this weekly, and get this, this toxic environment was home to 3 children under the age of 4. Nice environment eh? This Grow Op was in an area of Million Dollar Homes. What happened to the tenants and the children, NOTHING, NADA, ZIP!
What about the home? A total writeoff for the Landlord, yet if this landlord, who said trusted their instincts and not rented to these people, they like many other landlords would be standing in front of a human rights commission for discrimination for refusing to rent to this family, and most likely would pay a huge fine the tens of thousands to the victim, oh and the landlord doesn't have thge luxury of an appeal, cause the :Lefty Liberal Human Rights Tribunal until recently had a 100% conviction rate. Now who is the victim here? Seems it is the landord, but payment goes to the discriminated individual.
This happens a lot in BC. Discrimination lawsuits against landlords refusing to rent to some people who I find are responsible for 90% of the Grow Ops I visit are from a certain country, most new arrivals from Vietnam. Racist? ME? Hell NO!, THIS IS A FACTt! Asian Crime Gangs run this province,along with theHells Angels etc. Will we see these people deported for criminal activity such as this? HELL NO! THIS IS NANCY LAND BRITISH COLUMBIA!
This family will just move on to the next poor landlord and rent again, of course, Once again, with no means of support or proof they can show the landlord they can afford to live in a million dollar home. Don't ask landlord, Cause that's discrimination! If you do, it will be just a made up company from a friend who says, Yeah, they are great employees, though they cannot speak English, they make 200 grand a year as some type of business person for this company.
Yep, Renting out a home to tenants, you takes yer chances. With Tenant vacancy rates at an all time low, can you blame landlords renting their investment, never knowing that phone call they get may be the police notifying you your Investment is a Grow Op!
Pay me now or pay me later, seems to be the Buzzword in a Province who have little regard to citizens who invest in BC housing, with social activists who demand affordable housing, and F*CKING MORONS who State time and time again, Marijuana is Harmless, certainly do not own homes for rent,
It is incomprehensible that criminals walk away from prosecution every time, leaving the home a total loss and upwards of 100K in fines, refit costs etc, including never getting insurance on your home again, yet alone a mortgage on the previous home that was used as a Grow Op. If your home burns and damages your next door neighbours home or kills someone and you are sued, good luck, cause insurance agencies will NEVER COVER YOU!
Looking at the file photo of the accused, one wonders one day if a distressed homeowner doesn't use some country justice on the tenants who destroy their retirement plans. Grow Ops and Meth Labs will forever be lucrative with no risk of jail and a 1,000 dollar fine to the drug manufacturer, yet millions in profit and no taxes paid. The Homeowner gets screwed, yet I have witnesses many Landlords who wink wink, nudge, nudge, allow tenants to use the home for illegal drugs, as long as the landlord gets a BIG cut of the operation.
Would any political party in BC stand up for citizens rights, Hell NO! This is BC where Drugs are King, and politicans it seems prefer to leave it that way for decades to come. But on the other hand it is you the citizens who must share blame in all this, cause after all you keep FRIGGIN VOTING IN THESE MORONS!
It's bad enough that Sue Livingston's tenant almost burned down the rental house when his grow-op ignited.
But what really bugs the Duncan woman is that the homeowners are the only ones being punished.
Livingston's house is badly damaged, her insurance coverage is in doubt, she's on the hook for thousands of dollars in police and fire costs -- and the tenant isn't even being charged.
"It's so unfair that this person gets to walk, leaving this damage behind him," she said.
It's yet another cautionary tale for anyone thinking of renting out a house.