Japanese knotweed on property being sold

Identifying Japanese knotweed correctly

Japanese knotweed can be tricky to identify, even if you do know what to look for. 

With leaves resembling bindweed and canes similar to bamboo it is no wonder it is often misidentified or missed entirely. 

Property surveyors are increasingly under pressure to identify knotweed as it can have a massive impact on the value of your home, if left untreated. Japanese knotweed is often described as the UK’s most destructive plant, which means lenders will often refuse finance on affected properties unless a management plan is in place. 

Japanese knotweed autumn leaves

The Week Briefing: The Thug of Japan

Japanese knotweed is featured in The Week magazine, published on 5th November 2016.

Japanese knotweed is often featured in the press, often with inaccurate information. The latest feature in The Week magazine makes for a good read, if you’re interested in all things Japanese knotweed, like we are!

This in-depth article on Japanese knotweed covers how it came to be introduced into the UK as well as methods to eradicate the plant.

Japanese knotweed growing in the garden

Non-disclosure of Japanese knotweed leads to massive increase in misrepresentation claims

A new warning has been issued to buyers of property about the ever increasing spread of Japanese knotweed.

Knotted is dubbed the “UK’s most aggressive and destructive plant”. Based upon the number of enquiries received in the last two months, it seems there must be many desperate sellers prepared to give false information to buyers in order to sell their property, perhaps without fully understanding the consequences of their deceit.