Some helpful information for you to consider when you are thinking about making a claim to rid your home of Japanese Knotweed.
What is Japanese Knotweed?
Japanese Knotweed is a non-native invasive plant, it is incredibly hardy and fast growing with strong root systems. It lies dormant in winter months but then grows aggressively from May to October. It has distinctive red stems and arrow-head leaves.It can cause damage to buildings and is strong enough to break through concrete. It is difficult to treat and just one rhizome can grow back and continue to blight properties.
Why is Japanese Knotweed a problem?
Japanese Knotweed can cause physical damage to your property. Having Japanese Knotweed can also affect your ability to sell your home or obtain a mortgage. Some mortgage providers will not finance a property affected by Japanese Knotweed. Others place restrictions on the mortgage. It can have an effect on the value of your property too, as the treatment time is often lengthy over a number of years and insurance to support it.
What are a landowners obligations?
If a landowner fails to treat Japanese Knotweed they can be liable for an injunction to force the landowner to take action to remove the knotweed, treatment costs, damages for the impact on the value of affected properties and further damages for any impact on the enjoyment of those properties.
What should I do?
If you have Japanese Knotweed from another property coming on to your land, you need specialist advice. Do not touch it as it could be a criminal offence (Japanese Knotweed is controlled waste). We are helping more and more people with concerns about Japanese Knotweed, whether it is on their own property or worried about its presence on neighbouring property. Contact us today for a free consultation or look at our claims page here.