Japanese Knotweed can tie up home sales

"A number of main banks and building societies will not provide mortgages on property where Japanese knotweed is found," he said.

"This comes as a huge shock to many homeowners, that the weed may have made their home unsaleable."

Japanese knotweed was first introduced to the UK in the early 19th century as an ornamental plant and has now established itself across the country.

It is the most invasive species of plant in the country which can spread extremely quickly. It is very difficult to eradicate and can cause significant damage to buildings. Once identified, knotweed is particularly difficult to remove and it is now classed as controlled waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

It is very important that Japanese Knotweed is identified before purchasing a property. Surveyors will be able to identify Knotweed at a property in their Homebuyer Report and give appropriate advice.

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3 thoughts on “Japanese Knotweed can tie up home sales

  1. Andy H

    Good advice. If your building survey confirms the presence of Japanese knotweed we can remove it. All our works comply with the Environmnent Agency Knotweed Code of Practice (2006)

  2. Knotweed Solutions Guy

    That’s unfortunate, but really buying a house with a knotweed problem can really cause issues, especially with neighboring gardens which will likely be infected as well. Tie that in with the damage unreglated knotweed can do to building foundations and you can see why banks would be dubious about that kind of investment.

    It really is something you need to sort out, and it could be something that you have to do in conjunction with neighbors, and of course, even then, it can be hard to get rid of due to the ease of spreading and length of time it will need to be treated over assuming you aren’t looking at more extreme measures like excavation.

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