Progressive Conservative colleague Lisa MacLeod, MPP (Nepean-Carleton) to target marijuana grow ops.
MacLeod’s bill will establish a provincial registry of discovered grow ops to ensure the protection of Ontario homebuyers. Currently, Ontario lacks tools to protect homebuyers or realtors from properties that were grow ops or drug labs.
Bill 139 would allow realtors and future home owners to discover the past history of the properties prior to the decision to purchase. It would also require building inspectors to outline the corrective steps necessary to make the building safe again and to register the order against the title to the land.
“This bill will protect homebuyers, and ensure they know the true history of the home they are about to buy,” said Jones. “For many Ontario families, owning a home is a dream—but finding out after that fact that it is full of mold because it was once a grow op can mean a nightmare.”
Without a registry to protect families, they are exposed to health and safety risks and expensive renovations to correct the humidity damage.
The Ontario Real Estate Association supports the creation of a registry to protect homebuyers. At present, there is no mechanism in place to allow a REALTOR ®, lawyers and home purchasers to find out if a property has been a grow op or drug lab.
“As a local REALTOR ®, I am pleased to see this bill come forward,” said Chris Luxemburger of iPro Realty in Orangeville and President of the Brampton Real Estate Board. “This initiative will ensure that homebuyers and realtors are protected from the dangers of grow-ops moving forward.”
“Over the years the number of marijuana grow ops has increased dramatically in Ontario,” said Jones. “This bill would take serious and necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of Ontario families.”