TORONTO, October 9, 2019 - Landlords in Canada are increasingly concerned about the effect of cannabis use on a rental property, according to a poll released October 8. Real estate website Zoocasa surveyed Canadian property owners and renters about how they feel since the legalization of cannabis last October 17.
While homeowners and renters seem to be getting more comfortable with cannabis use and home growing, landlords responding to the survey were much more concerned about the growing or smoking of cannabis in their properties. Some 85 per cent of respondents who said they own rental properties agreed they would prefer to have tenants who did not smoke weed or grow even legal amounts of marijuana (maximum of four plants).
Landlords have also become increasingly worried about cannabis-related damage to their properties, with 57 per cent citing this as a bigger concern for them since cannabis was legalized. And more than half (55 per cent) said they would consider charging higher rent in future to cover potential cannabis-related damage. However, renters seemed better-informed than their landlords on the topic. More than half (53 per cent) of renters said they understood their rights when it came to smoking or cultivating cannabis inside their home, while only 43 per cent of landlords said they understood what could and couldn't be enforced within their rental.
Is it a legitimate concern for a landlord to rent to a pot-smoking tenant? How about a tenant that wants to grow a few plants in the basement or backyard? Are higher rents justified? What are your thoughts?