A group of housing providers have teamed up with local authorities to combat cannabis use in rented accommodation around Merseyside.
The ‘Use it? Lose it!’ campaign has been launched to warn tenants they risk being evicted from their home if they use or grow the illegal drug.
Registered housing providers including Riverside, Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH), Plus Dane, Adactus, Cobalt, One Vision, Pier Head, Contour, Your Housing and South Liverpool Homes (SLH) are working alongside Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service in the crackdown.
Posters and leaflets will be distributed to tenants across the area as part of the initiative, which follows a series of house fires in the region caused by cannabis farms.
Donna Kelly, regional director at LHT, is leading the campaign and says: “Cannabis use in rented properties, particularly those with communal areas, can be a real nuisance to residents. Not only is it illegal, it is also often linked to other anti-social behaviour.
“While we are always here to offer support to residents with drug problems, we are also concerned about the impact of cannabis use on the wider community.
“This campaign sends out a clear message to those using illegal drugs: we take this matter very seriously and will take the appropriate action to protect other residents – including eviction.”
Mark Wiggins, Liverpool local policing superintendent, adds: “Growing cannabis is not a victimless or low level crime and Merseyside Police is committed to bringing the people responsible to justice.
“Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money from turning houses and flats into potential death traps. Nobody wants to live next door to these houses and we would ask that if you believe someone is using a property for this purpose, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible for setting them up.”