What is Japanese Knotweed?
Japanese Knotweed is a non-native invasive plant brought to the UK from Japan during the 19th century. In the UK, there are numerous properties affected by Japanese Knotweed and the problems associated with this plant are significant. One of the effects of having Knotweed on your property aside from the damage and disruption it can cause is that it could have an effect on the saleability of your property. Many mortgage lenders are refusing to provide mortgages to property buyers or are insisting the knotweed affected property has a Knotweed Management Plan (KMP) in place. For sellers who have Japanese Knotweed on their property, trying to sell the property at the normal value can be very difficult and in some cases, these knotweeds can devalue a property by a significant amount.
Japanese Knotweed can sometimes be difficult to identify and as such many homeowners may not be aware of its presence until they decide to sell the property and in Scotland, it is documented on the Home Report. However, there’s no need for alarm as there are a number of solutions available to treat these aggressive, destructive and invasive plants, see below.