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What the law says about stopping your neighbours from smoking pot

What the law says about stopping your neighbours from smoking pot

If you have a neighbour who smokes cannabis you probably know about it.

That’s because the smell of the drug is highly strong and highly recognisable.

And despite campaigns to decriminalise the plant, as has been done in plenty of places overseas, it’s still no allowed here in the UK.

But is there anything you can do to stop them from smoking it, or do you have to just put up with it?

Here’s everything you need to know about where you stand, according to Derbyshire Live .

Can people smoke cannabis on their own property legally?

Absolutely not. Any suggestion that you can is an urban myth.

A police spokeswoman said: “The possession of cannabis is an offence and will be dealt with by police.

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“It is a widespread issue across the county and we are focusing our resources to target those connected with the cultivation and dealing of the drug to help crackdown on the issue.

“We would encourage anyone who suspects drug activity in their community to contact us.”

Cannabis was among the drugs uncovered

Call the police? Won’t my neighbours find out I’ve done it?

A spokeswoman said that police would “never give away a caller’s identity”.

She said: “We wouldn’t say information has come from a neighbour as that narrows it down. We’d just say we received a call about x.”

She added that officers on patrol might also use tip-offs to inform where they go on patrol.

If they were to smell the cannabis themselves, they might knock on the door and broach the subject that way.

She added that people could always call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if they wanted to remain anonymous throughout the process.

What will happen to my neighbours if I call the police about them?

The police spokesman said this could depend on a number of variables, including the amount of cannabis, and whether someone has had any previous convictions.

If they’re renting, what about telling my neighbour’s landlord?

That’s also an option but you’d need to remember that the landlord isn’t bound to avoid giving your identity away in the same way that police are.

As long as the tenancy agreement has been drawn up properly, anyone growing cannabis will be in breach of it.

But you also need to bear in mind that there are constraints as to what the landlord can do.

A spokesman for the National Landlords Association, said that, if landlords suspect cannabis use, they should “arrange for a visit to the property, provided they have given the tenant advance warning”.

He said: “If they see or smell what they believe to be evidence of cannabis use, they should remind and warn the tenant or tenants that such actions are in violation of the tenancy agreement.

“If, when they next visit the property, they see the same evidence they may then wish to resort to serving a section 21, or eviction, notice.”

I am the landlord. What can I do to stop cannabis being used at my property?

Chris Norris, of the National Landlords Association, said: “While we recommend taking references of prospective tenants from former employers or landlords before offering a tenancy, it can also be necessary to make checks on the property after they have moved in.

“These should be carried out quarterly if there are any concerns but make sure that you give the tenant or tenants sufficient notice beforehand so as not to disrupt privacy.

“Lastly, get to know the neighbours and local residents, as they can help alert you should they either see or smell what they suspect to be cannabis use on the property.”

How can I find out who the landlord of a property is?

A good starting point is to find out who the Land Registry have as the owner of the property.

It’ll cost a few quid but you can get the information from the Land Registry website .

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