Mortgage Lenders and Japanese Knotweed
Many mortgage lenders will not lend against a property with a Japanese Knotweed infestation. This is the line we are all used to hearing and, whilst it is true, it’s not all doom and gloom. Mortgage lenders are much more likely to lend against a property with a Japanese Knotweed problem if there is a Management Plan in place.
The Life and Death of Japanese Knotweed
The Environment Agency recently described Japanese Knotweed as “indisputably the UK’s most aggressive, destructive and invasive plant”. As the weather warms up, Japanese Knotweed will resume growing so it’s important for homeowners to be vigilant.
We’ve created a timelapse video, The Life & Death of Japanese Knotweed, showing the growth of Japanese Knotweed over the year to help identify it. If you recognize the plant as something growing on your property, give us a call on 0800 1337 444 or email us at email@example.com.
Invasive Species Week 2018
Last week (23rd – 29th March) was Invasive Species Week! First launched in 2015 by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and GB non-native species secretariat (NNSS), the aim of the week was to raise awareness of invasive non-native species, like Japanese Knotweed, and educate the public on how to stop the spread.
This year’s awareness week focused on a campaign called ‘Be Plant Wise’. Check out the NNSS website to read more about Invasive Species Week.
If you suspect you may have Japanese Knotweed growing on or near your property, remember you can always snap a picture and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for free identification.
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Spring is coming – Do you know what to look out for?
Spring is on it’s way and Japanese Knotweed will start growing again soon. Do you know what to look out for or how to identify Japanese Knotweed if it is in your garden? Check out our guide for identifying Japanese Knotweed!
Getting Rid of Japanese Knotweed is possible!
We have many clients contacting us on weekly basis, worried about a possible Japanese Knotweed infestation in their garden or on their site. They hear all of these scare stories about the damage Japanese Knotweed can cause, however eradication of Japanese Knotweed is possible.
As an expert in the Japanese Knotweed field we can assist in getting rid of Japanese knotweed; learn how we can help by clicking here!
Neighbour found liable for Japanese Knotweed costs
There has been a further update regarding the Smith vs Line case which we covered late last year. The case has now resulted in the Smiths’ neighbour, Rosemary Line, being ordered to employ contractors over the next five years to remove the Japanese Knotweed and pay all costs, including court costs. The Smiths’ claimed that the identification of Japanese Knotweed on their land resulted in their home losing a value of £50,000 and that this Japanese Knotweed spread from their neighbours land on to theirs.
If you have Japanese Knotweed on your land, don’t risk the same happening to you. Get in touch for advice on how best to move forward.
Legal Loopholes in the Declaration of Japanese Knotweed
A legal loophole is leaving buyers of new build properties open to potential Japanese Knotweed being on their land. Currently, developers and builders are not required to complete a TA6 form, which declares whether the property has been affected by any invasive weeds. Read more in the full article on the Telegraph.
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Japanese Knotweed Tracker
Did you know that the Environmental Agency set up a map showing the distribution of Japanese Knotweed over the UK. Check it out here and see how close Japanese Knotweed is getting to your property. Why not get in touch to have your property surveyed for the presence of this invasive weed – we can issue you with confirmation that your garden is Knotweed free, providing you with peace of mind.
Japanese Knotweed in Court
As you have probably heard, the presence of Japanese Knotweed on a property can result in parties being taken to court. Sometimes an expert is required to overview any excavation work that has already been completed on a property or any treatment that has been carried out. This is when a P35 Expert Report comes in to play. Find out more about them here.
Sale of a House Falls Through Due To Japanese Knotweed
Having put his house up for sale and paid out for solicitors fees, the sale of Mr Kidd’s house fell through when Japanese Knotweed was found on Network Rails land that was adjacent to his own. Find out more here.
Why You Shouldn’t Try to Remove Japanese Knotweed Yourself
When you find out you have Japanese Knotweed on your premises, it may be tempting to remove it yourself, to cut back on professional eradication costs. Find out here why it’s always best to have the professionals take care of it.
Japanese Knotweed History Lesson
Japanese Knotweed was first brought over to Europe in 1850 by European explorer Philipp Franz von Siebold. It was loved by the Victorians because it looked like bamboo and grew into a bush very quickly. Today though, it is now known as an invasive weed and needs to be removed as soon as it is spotted on any site. Find out about our removal process here
Did you know? It cost £70 million to have Japanese Knotweed removed from a 10-acre area of the London 2012 Olympic Games velodrome and aquatic centre.
Don’t let Japanese Knotweed Stop You From Selling Your Property
Not only can Japanese Knotweed affect the selling price of your property, it can also affect your chances of selling it if you don’t have a PCA qualified companies management plan in place. This happened to a client of ours in Manchester. Click here to find out more…
Suspected Japanese Knotweed – Misidentified!
A client in London thought they had Japanese Knotweed on their site but it had been misidentified! Click here to find out more…
Another Japanese Knotweed case goes to court!
Adam and Eleanor Smith of Maenporth, near Falmouth in Cornwall, are taking their pensioner neighbour, Rosemary Line, to court on 6th October 2017, following a Japanese Knotweed dispute. Their home has been devalued by 10% due to knotweed that has been encroaching on their land from Mrs Lines, for the past 11 years! You can read the full article, originally published by The Daily Mail online, by clicking here.
If you are in a similar situation to Mr and Mrs Smith, get in touch today for free expert advice on 0800 1337 444
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Update on Network Rail Case
Mr Waistell and Network Rail are locked in a legal battle as Network Rail appealed the county court decision, that it should pay £15,000 in damages for the Japanese Knotweed that spread from Network Rails land to Mr Waistells property.
If you would like to view the full article posted by the Telegraph, please click here.
Can having Japanese Knotweed result in a prison sentence?
As if finding out you have Japanese Knotweed in your garden isn’t enough bad news, did you know that failure to take the steps to eradicate it can result in a £2,000 fine or even a 2-year prison sentence?
We have found an interesting article, posted by the Coventry Telegraph online, warning people about the rise of Japanese Knotweed and how this can affect you.
If you would like to view the full article posted by the Coventry Telegraph, please click here.
Community Protection Notice from Home Office
New Home Office guidance now enables local councils and the police to issue Community Protection Notices against “individuals who are acting unreasonably and who persistently or continually act in a way that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality” which includes Japanese Knotweed and other invasive weeds.
Network Rail sued over Japanese Knotweed
Rodger Burnett, the Director and founder of Charles Lyndon, has successfully sued Network Rail over a case of Japanese Knotweed. He represented Mr Waistell who was trying to sell his property but couldn’t due to the presence of the Japanese Knotweed on the Railway Embankment.