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Have you experienced an invasion of Japanese Knotweed? Not only is this invasive plant difficult to control, but it can also affect the value of your property and even surrounding property if left to spread. We’ve pulled together a need-to-know guide, so you can tackle this bugbear problem head on.
Japanese Knotweed is often seen as a beautiful plant with its rich green leaves and bright red stems. It is in fact its appearance which first landed it here in the UK from Japan. But, it is in fact a perennial plant which has been causing havoc for homeowners ever since.
This type of plant is relentless, it will return each year and its appearance can also change drastically depending upon the season. So, what do you need to be on the look-out for?
Japanese Knotweed can cause several issues for homeowners and property developers. Recent research indicates that this prolific plant has wiped a staggering £20bn off the total value of the UK property market. The issues the Japanese plant causes are varying:
Not only can Japanese Knotweed cause serious damage to your property, but it can also have serious legal implications for homeowners too! If you’re found to have left the plant to spread, it could lead to a maximum five year imprisonment or fines of £50,000 upwards should the case be taken to the Crown Court. You can protect yourself by:
If you suspect you have Japanese Knotweed, but are not sure, get in touch with our team. As RICS Registered Valuers we are often the first on site for clients, developers and lenders therefore it is important that we can quickly and effectively identify this invasive plant and provide you advice on what to do next. Contact us with your enquiry.
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