Palmerston North tenant kicked out of flat for leaving cannabis plants out during open home

Headlines 15/07/2019

A tenant from Palmy North has absolutely stitched himself up after leaving his cannabis plants out during an open home, getting himself booted out in the process.

The man in question, Anthony Murrell, had been renting the flat for some time before owner Ravindra Pal Singh opted to sell the house.

During a recent Tenancy Tribunal hearing, the agent selling house stated that  Murrell left several marijuana plants, on a table, out in the open for all to see.

Obviously, it was an unusual situation, and two groups of potential buyers made comments about the plants.

"Murrell must have come into the house at some stage during the open home because by the time the house was locked up, they were gone," she said.

The agent said she also earlier found a marijuana plant growing in a bucket in the laundry cupboard. She took a photo of the plant and submitted it to the tribunal as evidence.

The owner stated that he initially had suspicions when he noticed a power chord running from the house into the garage, which the tenant had claimed was used during a house party.

Singh saw the cord again, still connected, which lead him to find cannabis plants growing inside a cupboard in the garage, full heating and lighting system included.

Singh then found a further 15 plants growing in the garden, which lead him to warn Murrell about the illegal nature of his horticultural ventures, threatening to take him to Tenancy Tribunal and police.

Murrell then offered to move out by the 25th of June on the basis that he was not taken to tribunal, but judging by the headline of this story, that arrangement fell through.

Credit to NZME for the story.