Illegal drug activity is cause for concern for tenants, property owners/ managers and real estate agents, due to the potential health and safety risk to the occupants. The primary cause of concern is the manufacturer, growth and use of illicit substances. < Drug houses > are categorized into three types; Clandestine Laboratories, Cannabis Growth Houses and Smoke Houses.
Clandestine laboratories (clan labs) are places where illegal drugs (methamphetamine) are manufactured. Criminal procedures often use rental properties to manufacture these drugs, other properties such as commercial, remote rural and hotel and motel accommodation are commonly utilised as well. Drug residues and waste chemicals can be absorbed into the building structure and furnishings.
Cannabis grow houses are properties extensively modified to grow large crops of cannabis hydroponically. Structural damage and mould infestation can be the consequences.
Smoke houses are residences in which illegal drugs such as meth, heroin and cannabis are smoked regularly but not manufactured. The high volume of smoke will be absorbed into the walls of the property by any furniture present.