A 75 year old widow in Dudley was shocked to learn that Japanese knotweed has caused her home to be deemed ‘worthless’ by mortgage lenders .
Jean Hale, a 75 year old widow from Dudley, has been refused a loan for essential home upgrades on account of a huge Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) infestation bordering her property.
The lenders claimed that the Japanese knotweed would spread under Mrs Hales home and undermine the foundations causing structural instability and rendering the property unsellable.
The infestation is on land owned by Dudley council and Mrs Hale suggests that they should remove the knotweed or be forced to buy her house.
Councils up and down the country have issues with Japanese knotweed and cases like these where home owners are left with financial difficulties as a result are becoming increasingly common.
The whole story on the Japanese knotweed infestation can be read here.
There are many Japanese knotweed treatment methods that could be considered for a situation like this; herbicide spraying, stem injection, screening, rootbarrier, dig and dump. Given the fact that the council have an ongoing regime for the Japanese knotweed control then it is likely that they have been spraying it with herbicide. This may not have been the best choice of method as it will take longer to complete the treatment process than a method such as screening. Perhaps the choice of method has lead to the householder’s distress and the story being published.
If you are in a similar situation, a householder with a domestic Japanese knotweed problem, call our team of experts on one of our local numbers or on 0845 676 9252 or contact us here.
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