Home Owners

Whether you think you have Knotweed in your garden or on neighbouring land, or are trying to buy or sell a property with Knotweed nearby, this can leave you feeling stressed and worried, the key is to try not to panic.

First things first – is it definitely Knotweed?

It’s not unusual for people to see a plant that looks similar, or that just looks unfamiliar and panic, thinking that they are dealing with Knotweed. Japanese Knotweed is a large clump forming plant that can grow to almost 3 metres in height. Finding Knotweed on your land doesn’t have to be a huge problem. Knotweed can be treated and overcome, if you currently think you’ve found it on your land – the first step is making sure it is actually Knotweed.

So, check for the key signs on our Identification page.

R

Does it have a shield shaped leaf?

R

Is the stem similar to bamboo but with purply green flecks along its length

R

Are the leaves growing from the stem in a zigzag pattern?

You are still reading so let’s assume it is Knotweed, what now?

Do you own your home and have no mortgage and no plans to move?

If this is you, then you could choose to keep the Knotweed in the garden. Provided you control its growth so that it doesn’t have a detrimental effect on your neighbour’s properties then you are acting within the law. However, there are one or two points to remember – Japanese Knotweed is a controlled waste so it cannot leave your garden (dead or alive) without the appropriate licence. Also, its presence in your garden may have an effect on your neighbour’s property value and therefore their ability to secure lending against their property so it is important to be mindful of this and take the appropriate action to avoid this.

If this is your situation, then talk to us about a treatment plan to ensure that you remain in control of the Knotweed and manage the plant in your garden.

Do you own your own home with a mortgage?

If you own your own home with a mortgage then you may have a problem renewing your mortgage when the time comes, increasingly clients are finding that lenders are less comfortable approving lending on a property with Knotweed on site or nearby that isn’t being treated. If the Knotweed is on your land then the responsibility to treat it is yours, if the Knotweed is on a neighbour’s land then discuss the situation with them sooner rather than later. Whilst they are permitted to have Japanese Knotweed on their land they must ensure that it has no detrimental effect on their neighbours.

If this is your situation, then we would recommend a Knotweed Survey at the earliest opportunity so that we can provide you with a range of treatment solutions to treat the Knotweed and ensure that you have access to the paperwork and insurance backed guarantees that you will require when you are ready to re-mortgage.

Do you own your own home and plan to sell it soon?

If you own your own home and plan to sell it then you may find that a potential buyer is either put off buying your house or wants to negotiate a reduction in the sale price due to the presence of Knotweed. Increasingly lenders are less comfortable approving lending on a property with Knotweed on site or nearby that isn’t being treated.  Also surveyors are drawing the buyer and the lenders attention to its existence not just on site but in the surrounding areas. DON’T PANIC you can regain control of this situation.

If the Knotweed is on your land then the responsibility to treat it is yours, if the Knotweed is on a neighbour’s land then discuss the situation with them sooner rather than later. Whilst they are permitted to have Japanese Knotweed on their land they must ensure that it has no detrimental effect on their neighbours.

If this is your situation, then give us a call on 07912 625369 so that we can provide you with a range of treatment solutions to begin to treat the Knotweed.

Just this first step can help you to demonstrate to potential buyers that you are proactively tackling the issue and that a solution is either already in place or ready to put into action. We have found that vendors are more able to protect the value of their home if they already have a plan in place when selling their property. Our full Knotweed Management Plan provides a comprehensive approach to the treatment of the Knotweed and ensures that you have all of the necessary paperwork and insurance backed guarantee that your buyer will require for their lender.

Have you have found the perfect house but there is Knotweed in the garden or nearby?

If you have found the perfect house but there is Knotweed in the garden or nearby then you must check if the vendor has a Knotweed Management Plan in place. Lenders are increasingly less comfortable approving lending on a property with Knotweed on site or nearby that isn’t being treated. Surveyors are drawing attention to its existence too, not just on site but in the surrounding areas.

DON’T PANIC you can still consider the purchase and it is possible to manage the Knotweed with an appropriate treatment plan in place. If the Knotweed is on the land that you are buying then the responsibility to treat will pass to you on completion of the sale, if the Knotweed is on a neighbour’s land then you want some reassurance that treatment is in place so that it won’t have a detrimental effect on you or your property.

If this is your situation, then we would recommend asking the vendor if they have a plan in place or plan to get one.

If not, then give us a call on 07912 625369 and we can complete a Knotweed Survey on your behalf. This way you can consider the cost and inconvenience of a Knotweed Management Plan, decide if you are happy to proceed with the sale and then negotiate with the vendor accordingly. Our full Knotweed Management Plan provides you with a comprehensive approach to the treatment and management of the Knotweed and ensures that you have all of the necessary paperwork and insurance backed guarantee that you will require for your lender.

Our latest Knotweed client

On inspection of this land we could see that a range of invasive species had quickly taken over the entire space leaving no access. We have applied our standard treatment plan to this land with treatment planned for 3 years followed by 2 years of monitoring for no regrowth.