Here is our comprehensive guide on what to do if you discover that a property seller has lied about Japanese Knotweed on their property inĀ 

  1. Know the Facts About Japanese Knotweed

First and foremost, it’s essential to understand what Japanese Knotweed is and how it can affect a property. Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant that can grow up to three meters in height and spread rapidly, damaging building foundations, walls, and drainage systems. Therefore, it’s crucial to identify and eradicate the plant as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the property.

  1. Check for Japanese Knotweed

Before purchasing a property, it’s essential to conduct a complete survey to check for Japanese knotweed. However, if you suspect that a property seller has lied about the presence of Japanese Knotweed, you can conduct your survey. Japanese Knotweed is commonly found near water sources, such as rivers and streams, but it can also grow in other areas.

  1. Get Legal Advice

If you discover that a property seller has lied about Japanese Knotweed, it’s essential to seek legal advice as soon as possible. In the UK, it’s illegal to knowingly sell a property with Japanese Knotweed without disclosing its presence to the buyer. A lawyer can advise you on your legal options, including seeking compensation or rescinding the sale.

  1. Eradicate Japanese Knotweed

If Japanese Knotweed is present on a property, it’s crucial to eradicate it as soon as possible. Eradication can be a complex and expensive process, and it’s essential to use a professional Japanese Knotweed removal company to ensure the plant is entirely removed from the property.

  1. Prevent the Spread of Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed can spread quickly, so it’s essential to prevent its spread. This includes correctly disposing of any Japanese Knotweed waste and avoiding disturbing the soil in areas where Japanese Knotweed has grown.

Discovering that a property seller has lied about Japanese Knotweed can be a daunting experience, but it’s essential to take swift action to protect yourself and your property. By knowing the facts about Japanese Knotweed, checking for its presence, seeking legal advice, eradicating the plant, and preventing its spread, you can minimise the damage caused by this invasive plant.

If you would like up-to-date advice regarding Japanese knotweed, call Stephen at 07753682333