Home Owners - Is Knotweed Growing on Your Land?
The risk of Knotweed can cause stress – but don’t panic!
Does it have a shield shaped leaf?
Is the stem similar to bamboo but with purple-green flecks along its length?
Are the leaves growing from the stem in a zigzag pattern?
You're still reading, so let’s assume it is Knotweed ...
Do you own your home, with a paid off mortage, with no plans to move?
You can keep Knotweed in the garden if you act within the law by controlling its growth.
Here are two points to remember:
- Japanese Knotweed is a controlled waste, so it cannot leave your garden without an appropriate licence.
- Its presence in your garden may affect your neighbour’s property value, and therefore their ability to secure lending.
Be mindful and take the appropriate action.
If this is your situation, then contact us about a treatment plan that ensures you manage the Knotweed in your garden.
Do you own your own home with a mortgage?
You may have trouble renewing your mortgage when the time comes. Increasingly, lenders are less comfortable approving properties with untreated Knotweed.
Get a Knotweed Survey at the earliest opportunity so that we can provide appropriate treatment solutions. This also ensures that you have all the paperwork and insurance-backed guarantees that you require for re-mortgages.
If knotweed is growing on a neighbour’s land, discuss the situation with them. They are permitted to have Japanese Knotweed on their land, but they must ensure it has no detrimental effect on other properties.
Do you own your own home and plan to sell it soon?
You may find that potential buyers may be put off from buying your house, or they’ll want to negotiate a lower sale price. This is because lenders are less comfortable about approving properties with untreated Knotweed.
Surveyors are also drawing the buyer and lender’s attention to its attention; not just onsite – but in the surrounding areas. DON’T PANIC, you can regain control of the situation.
- If the Knotweed is on your land, then it is your responsibility to treat it.
- If the Knotweed is on a neighbour’s land, then discuss the situation with them to ensure it has no detrimental effects on nearby properties.
Call us on 07912 625369 so that we can provide a range of treatment solutions.
This will demonstrate to potential buyers that you are tackling the issue and that a solution is in place. This will also help you protect your property value.
Our full Knotweed Management Plan provides a comprehensive approach to treating Knotweed. It also ensures that you have all the necessary paperwork and insurance-backed guarantees that your buyer will require.
Have you have found the perfect house but there is Knotweed in the garden or nearby?
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 also drawing attention to it too, not just on-site but in surrounding areas.
DON’T PANIC. You can still consider the purchase and it’s possible to manage the Knotweed with an appropriate treatment plan. Remember:
- If Knotweed is on the land that you’re buying, then the responsibility to treat it will pass to you upon the completion of the sale.
- If Knotweed is on a neighbour’s land, check that a treatment plan is in place so that there’s no detrimental effect on your property.
Call us on 07912 625369 if the vendor does not have a plan in place, and we will complete a Knotweed Survey on your behalf. This will help you calculate the cost and inconvenience of a Knotweed Management Plan. If you are happy to proceed with the sale, then negotiate with the vendor accordingly.
Our full Knotweed Management Plan gives you a comprehensive approach to the treatment and management of Knotweed. It also ensures that you have all of the necessary paperwork and insurance-backed guarantees that you will require.
Our latest Knotweed client
On inspection, we saw that a range of invasive species took over the entire space, leaving no access. We applied our standard treatment plan with treatment planned for three years. This was followed by two years of monitoring for no regrowth.