Five Point Plan

Orea’s Five Point Plan

Designate Illegal Grow Operations as Unsafe

In 2010, the Provincial Advisory Group on Marijuana Grow Operations and Crystal Methamphetamine Laboratories (PAG) submitted recommendations to the government. OREA supports a number of these, including the recommendation that the Building Code Act be amended to designate all illegal or clandestine drug operations, including a marijuana grow-op, as unsafe buildings. Accepting this recommendation will ensure grow-ops are black marked and the owner will not be able to sell the home to an unsuspecting buyer until it is properly remediated.

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Inspect Former Illegal Grow Operations

nother PAG recommendation that OREA advocates for is to require that after a building is designated unsafe, a municipal building inspection be completed. This builds on the previous proposal. The building inspectors will determine what actions are required to make it safe, according to provincial minimum remediation standards. This is the only way to truly protect future home buyers from the risks associated with purchasing a former grow-op.

Mandatory minimum remediation standards will help to address the serious concerns around the ability for a home buyer to obtain home insurance on a former grow operation. The Insurance Bureau of Canada calls marijuana grow operations – whether legal or not – “high-risk activity”. Our REALTORS® have shared cases with us where buyers have purchased a home, had the property remediated and brought up to building code standards, but were still denied insurance. We encourage the province to work closely with the home insurance industry on this proposal to ensure standards are high enough and will meet their requirements.

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Registration of Former Grow Operations

OREA also recommends that where a former cannabis grow operation has been deemed unsafe, that municipalities are required to register work orders on the Ontario land titles system record to remediate the property.
After remediation standards have been met, and the property has been inspected by the municipality and deemed safe, the record could be removed.

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Mandatory Training for Home Inspectors

With home growth anticipated to increase significantly in the coming years after legalization, there will be an urgent need for home inspectors to have training on how to spot the signs of a former marijuana grow-op.
OREA recommends all licensed home inspectors be required to receive this training. Additionally, we encourage the government to provide consumers and the real estate profession with clear guidelines about disclosure requirements.

This will better protect home buyers in Ontario from unknowingly purchasing a former grow-op and being forced to pay significant amounts of money out of pocket to properly remediate the home.

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Reduction in Plants for Multi-Unit Dwellings

OREA has been hearing consistent concern from REALTORS® in Ontario that the proposal to allow four plants per dwelling does not consider the impact on multi-unit dwellings.

Many condo and apartment units are under 1,000 square feet and four plants can have a significant impact, magnified by the small space. The risks of mold and humidity, as well as strong odour, will impact neighbours only a wall away.

OREA strongly recommends the government further restrict the number of plants for units smaller than 1,000 square feet to one plant.

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