Would you buy a property with Japanese knotweed?

A property infested with Japanese knotweed can make it difficult to sell. Buyers would much prefer to buy a knotweed-free property than have to fork out considerable sums of cash to eradicate this highly invasive species.

Properties with Japanese Knotweed are really hard to buy and sell, because mortgage lenders generally won’t lend on a property if the survey reveals that it’s growing. It’s also notoriously hard to get rid of, and it can lie dormant for as long as 20 years before coming back to life.

Secondly, can you buy Japanese knotweed? It is not illegal to have Japanese knotweed in your garden, but on your property you should aim to control this invasive non-native plant to prevent it becoming a problem in your neighbourhood.

Also to know, can you get a mortgage on a property with Japanese knotweed?

Lenders are cautious with properties that are affected by Japanese knotweed, but it’s not impossible to get a mortgage. Lenders are concerned that a property with knotweed may not be good security for a mortgage, due to the risk of damage posed by the plant and problems it might cause with reselling.

Do estate agents have to declare Japanese knotweed?

There’s a legal duty on Estate Agents to disclose the presence of Japanese knotweed under CPR, so in our experience it’s best to be honest with the buyer to gain their trust which should make any transaction go through without a hitch.

What do I do if my Neighbour has Japanese knotweed?

If your neighbour has Japanese Knotweed on their property, they are under no legal obligation to remove Japanese Knotweed from their own property. However, if it starts to encroach upon your property they are causing a private nuisance and therefore are open to court action.

How much does it cost to remove Japanese knotweed?

Japanese Knotweed removal prices* Size of treatment area Minor (<49 sq m) Excavation and onsite relocation with ongoing herbicide treatment £4000 – £9500 Burial on site £4000 – £14950 Full excavation and removal off site (dig and dump) £4000 – £20,000 Guarantees 5 – 35 years From £200

How much does knotweed devalue a house?

Japanese Knotweed and the Property Market Because of the costs associated with treating knotweed and the stigma attached to the plant it can impact property values, often by as much as 10-15 per cent.

Do surveyors check for Japanese knotweed?

Do surveyors look for Japanese knotweed? RICS qualified surveyors are trained to look for large masses of vegetation that could signify an invasive plant infestation. The RICS notes pertaining to Japanese knotweed lay out four distinct categories that property surveyors can use to inform their process.

Will Japanese knotweed stop me selling my house?

However, an expert should be able to spot it all year round. Research has revealed that Japanese knotweed would stop nearly eight in ten (78%) people from buying a house if the invasive plant was found growing in the seller’s garden.

How much does a Japanese knotweed survey cost?

Japanese Knotweed Survey Costs *The Japanese knotweed survey is FREE, but if we find ‘no knotweed’ within the property and then additionally we find that the property is ‘not affected by knotweed’ present in neighbouring properties, we will charge £140 +VAT for the call out (i.e. £168).

Is Japanese knotweed really that bad?

In fact, Japanese Knotweed is no worse for buildings than a tree or any other shrub growing nearby. Scientists say the plant is relatively harmless and is a victim of bad media that has fuelled a fearful reputation that is largely undeserved.

How easy does Japanese knotweed spread?

Stem: New Japanese knotweed plants can grow from the green stems nodes in water or in soil. It is able to spread by producing new canes once it contacts soil or water. Rhizome: Even the tiniest piece of rhizome can grow into a plant.

Is Japanese knotweed notifiable in Scotland?

Japanese Knotweed Legislation You will not be prosecuted for having Japanese Knotweed growing on your land. However; It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 act to ‘plant’ or ‘otherwise cause to grow in the wild’ a number of non-native plant species, including Japanese Knotweed.

Where is Japanese knotweed found?

Japanese knotweed is native to Japan, China, and parts of Korea and Taiwan. It was introduced from Japan to the United Kingdom as an ornamental plant in 1825, and from there to North America in the late nineteenth century. Distribution: Japanese knotweed is found in moist, open to partially shaded habitats.

How do I know if my house has Japanese knotweed?

When looking for signs of this plant, check for the following characteristics such as: Zig zag stems. Lush green colour leaves. Shield shaped leaves with a flat base. Bamboo style stems. Red tinged shoots. Found in dense clumps. In July it will sprout clusters of white flowers.

Can I claim compensation for Japanese knotweed?

Successfully removing knotweed can cost thousands. If your claim is successful the responsible landowner may be ordered to sort out removal themselves or you may be awarded compensation to cover the treatment. Compensation can also cover the cost of repairing any damage already done to your property.