Japanese knotweed and mortgages.

Friday 24th June 2011

We have recently been contacted by a number of people either looking to purchase or trying to sell property on which Japanese knotweed has been picked up by a surveyor.

We are able to offer cost effective advice or solutions. Our solutions comply with Best Practice – as stated in the Japanese knotweed Code of Practice. Some of our solutions can be put into practice within weeks, others take longer, however we can offer guarantees on most of our works – where a guarantee is not applicable (i.e. untreated knotweed remains over a boundary), we will make this clear usually at the time of the first site visit.

As is normal at this time of year, we are also assisting people who have purchased property recently and have only just discovered the fact that they have Japanese knotweed growing in their garden. Some of these people are intending to claim against their surveyor’s Professional Indemnity insurance.

We don’t offer (unpaid) advice to solicitors, but we do wonder why solicitors don’t routinely ask a simple question on the questionnaire already sent to the seller. “Has this property or a neighbouring property had an infestation of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) in the last 10 years?” If the answer is ‘Yes’ than a Japanese knotweed survey/questionnaire would need to be completed, this would examine what (if any) remediation has taken place and whether this complies with Best Practice or not. This simple step would at least provide a buyer with an answer regarding Japanese knotweed and the need to investigate further or not would be established. A simple procedure that would cost little in most cases and provide some reassurance to a buyer.

Estate Agents and Surveyors could also protect themselves by asking these questions of the seller or by updating their knowledge of what Japanese knotweed looks like at all seasons of the year... Sellers could protect themselves by starting treatments of the knotweed now and by insisting that the work complies with Best Practice i.e. The Japanese knotweed Code of Practice.

So if you’re looking for a professional, cost effective Japanese knotweed contractor, that offers guarantees on their work – look no further. Our quotations are free and without obligation.

Whatever your weed problem, we’d be glad to hear from you and can offer solutions and competitive quotations throughout England and Wales.

Contact Brian Taylor on 01327 340770 or email me on my email