TORONTO, Nov. 25 /CNW/ - Ontario REALTORS® support private members Bill
139, Clandestine Drug Operation Prevention Act, 2010, introduced by MPP
Lisa MacLeod to establish a marijuana grow operations and clandestine
drug laboratory registry.
"Grow-ops are major problem for homebuyers in the province and we have
been urging the Ontario government to establish a registry to protect
consumers for almost ten years," said Dorothy Mason, President. "We
urge the government to pass this bill in order to protect homebuyers."
REALTORS® are obligated by law to disclose to potential homebuyers if a
home has been used as a marijuana grow-operation or a drug lab. Ontario
REALTORS are hindered by the lack of a central registry which is
crucial to protecting homebuyers from the potential health and safety
hazards of properties formerly used to manufacturer clandestine drugs.
Bill 139 defines a clandestine drug operation to be an illegal operation
where any substance listed in the schedules I through IV in the
Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada can be obtained by any
method or process.
Clandestine drug operations cause significant damage to homes. For
example, physical damage done to the house by excessive moisture
leading to mould, chemical contamination, structural alterations and
electrical rewiring leading to fire hazards.
Often these homes received cosmetic renovations to disguise the fact
they were marijuana grow-operations and consumer unknowingly purchases
these homes. This can lead to loss of insurance for the property and
exorbitantly high remediation costs.
The Ontario Real Estate Association represents 49,000 brokers and
salespeople who are members of the provinces 42 real estate boards.
OREA serves its members through a wide variety of publications,
educational programs and special services. The association provides all
real estate licensing courses in Ontario.
OREA was founded in 1922 to organize real estate activities and develop
common goals across the province. These goals included promoting higher
industry standards, protecting the general public from unscrupulous
brokers and salespeople, and preserving private property rights.
SOURCE Ontario Real Estate Association
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