The lies spread by the media about Japanese knotweed are causing innocent consumers to be ripped-off by ignorant and greedy contractors.
As many of you will have seen over the last fews weeks and months, the media have been working over time to unsettle the nation’s perspective and current homeowners around the dangers of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). Headlines around lending risks and tumbling market prices over these ‘Triffid-like’ weeds have caused concern around the country. The amount of mis-information surrounding Japanese knotweed has reached astonishing levels. According to the The Herald, Japanese knotweed leaves can stay dormant for 20 years before growing again and spreading the infestation! Utter nonsense! It seems like the article was ghost written by a dry rot company that claim to be Japanese knotweed experts, (aren’t they all these days?!).
Uncertainty and lack of consistency in surveys across the property and finance industry has resulted in some banks refusing to lend on homes with the Japanese knotweed, despite it being a very treatable and manageable weed, if the work is undertaken correctly.
The RICS Japanese knotweed information paper, which is supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Building Society Association, has been published to help lenders and surveyors accurately assess the risk caused by Japanese knotweed and sets out clear advice on how to identify, assess and treat it.
Surveyors and lenders can refer to the information paper and use one of the four outlined classifications to measure the extent of the risk and the threat it poses to the property; with tier one being the lowest; when the plant is seven metres or more from the property; and tier four when the plant is within seven metres of habitable space such as conservatories and garages.
This information will help ensure consistent assessments of the plant to the lenders and banking institutions, enabling clear and coherent lending policies to be established for all.
Our team at Invasive Weeds Agency advise people to keep calm and to take time to plan ahead if you find Japanese knotweed at your property. Organisations and homeowners should have nothing to fear when it comes to invasive weeds, provided they take the time to seek a competent and professional specialist to manage a treatment plan. Experience and a proven track record are vital. How can companies that have been in the industry for less than 3 years be a) Experts b) Capable of eradicating Japanese knotweed within 5 years [2 years longer than it should take] c) Charging such incredibly high prices?
Do you have questions on Japanese knotweed found near you, or would like further information on Japanese knotweed found in a home report? Contact us here or call us on 0845 676 9252 for a competent and coherent strategy for tackling you problem.
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