A couple have been landed with a £20,000 clean-up bill after they let their home and the tenants turned it into a cannabis factory.
Shaun and Katie Thomas were left devastated after they went to inspect the house and found it filled it with 500 cannabis plants worth £250,000.
The tenants, who they believed were a “respectable” Chinese couple had also stored eight tons of soil in the loft and fitted a ventilation system and special lights to grow the plants.
The tenant, whom they knew as Lee Yishi, fled with another man when 28-year-old Mr Thomas arrived to inspect the four-bedroom house in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
The landlords now face an estimated £20,000 bill to restore their home to its former state, and fear its value has fallen from £175,000 to £130,000.
The house was insured but they have received no compensation because they were not covered for “malicious damage” and police have been unable to trace the tenants.
Source : telegraph