Rental houses left in tatters after Coast drug busts

DESTRUCTION resulting from the Sunshine Coast drug trade has become alarmingly apparent to a number of rental property owners in the wake of extensive arrests.

Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said he had been contacted by property owners and managers since a series of raids earlier this month.

About 150 people were charged in the state-wide operation, with the majority of them being from the Sunshine Coast and Moreton areas.

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Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said a hole was cut in a wall at a Kuluin home to stash a gun and other homes had fallen into disrepair.

"They (owners) have become aware of the extent of what has gone on," Det. Snr Sgt Edwards said.

He said damage also had to be done by police during the raids due to the unwilling nature of residents to let officers inside the homes.

"It's just a warning that some of these people are being evicted by owners."

A Sunshine Coast property manager, who was in charge of a home involved in the raids, said it was not common to come across extensive damage related to criminal activity.

The agent, who did not want to be named, said this experience was the first she had encountered in nearly 15 years working on the Coast.

She said events such as relationship breakdowns and losses of employment were more likely to lead to tenants not being able to fulfil their obligations. Her advice to landlords and investors was to rent through a real estate agency and get landlord insurance.

"They are going to help you and try to handle it the best they can," she said.


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