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Ask Erik: RAW! - Just Say Grow and Landlords

Finding the right place to rent and the right landlord is part of the challenge for any hydroponics indoor grower. Finding the right place to rent and the right landlord is part of the challenge for any hydroponics indoor grower.

Q:

I have been trying to find a suitable location for a mid-scale growing operation and prospective landlords don’t seem comfortable with the fact that I will be using the property for growing purposes.  Basically, I never hear back from them after I mention I am going to be growing.

Any words of wisdom as to how I can help put a prospective landlord’s mind at ease about my growing affairs? The indoor grower stereo-types are killing me; I have gear and transplants, just nowhere to set up.

A:

Unfortunately, growers have gotten a bad rap in some people’s eyes through stereotypes portrayed in popular media and news. For example, mouldy ceilings and walls, toxic materials, garbage left for people to clean up, structural damage from water, holes from ducting, etc. As the often used saying goes, “it just takes a few bad apples to spoil the barrel.” Clearly you are experiencing the case in point because you are taking a professional approach, notifying your prospective landlord of your intended activities, and yet it’s making your life more difficult in doing so.

When discussing this with potential landlords, you might consider having them sign a confidentiality agreement, firstly for your security, and secondly to show that you are a professional who is accountable and that you mean business. Sometimes it’s the tenants who need to worry about their landlords rather than the other way around too, so be careful who you discuss your business details with.

If you can afford to, offer a fatter damage deposit to help put their mind at ease about any perceived damage they feel that your growing enterprise may bring to their property, just like when you might be staying at a hotel with a pet, for example.

Explain how carbon filters prevent moulds and that de-humidifiers and air conditioners actually make for a better climate for their building than if you weren’t growing.

You may have to play the role of “teacher” and educate the property manager or owner about modern indoor growing practices, and the fact that specialized equipment and structures are available that make for clean installs and operation. Explain how carbon filters prevent moulds and that de-humidifiers and air conditioners actually make for a better climate for their building than if you weren’t growing. Show them the heavy duty flooring materials and wall coverings you intend to use to protect their property while improving the efficiency of your grow.

You can also build or purchase a mobile grow built right into a semi-trailers. Just wheel your container or trailer into a rented bay and plug it in and off you grow! As a self contained unit, it has absolutely no bearing on the surrounding building, drainage provided. When it comes to a set up like this, you are free to move whenever you feel that your landlord is going to be a problem, or in case you outwear your welcome.

Keep looking and remember, just like any long term relationship, the first one you try might not be the right one. Keep your eyes peeled, maintain a positive attitude, and the right person and place will surface; you just need to know how to see it when it’s there in front of you.

Cheers, Erik Biksa

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