By asking, ‘Has the property ever been affected by Japanese knotweed?’ the majority of cases will be disclosed during the sale process.
The specific mention of Japanese knotweed in two new important pieces of legislation has put many home owners, home buyers, estate agents and other property professionals on alert.
This month’s Law Society launch of the 3rd edition of the Property Information Form (TA6) and the updated Consumer Protection Regulations (CPRs) both cite the presence of Japanese Knotweed, or the risk that it may be present, as an example of the type of material information that you would be expected to disclose to prospective buyers once you knew of it.
“Property sales are hampered and construction delayed by the discovery of this highly invasive plant so it makes commercial sense to ensure that people involved in the property market are able to correctly identify it and know what steps to take if they do discover it” explains Mark Hayward of the NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents), speaking at the annual conference of the Guild of Professional Estate Agents earlier this month.
With ignorance no longer a suitable defence, vendors, estate agents, surveyors and conveyancers across the UK are keen to increase their knowledge of this destructive, non-native species in order not to fall foul of the regulations. Nic Seal, MD of Environet UK, says: “I’m delighted that the Law Society, in the context of property sales, has recognised the importance of correctly identifying and dealing with Japanese knotweed. I’d have liked to have seen the question worded slightly differently to reflect not only the present but also the past, as knotweed has a tendency to lie dormant underground for several years and regrow when you least expect it. By asking, ‘Has the property ever been affected by Japanese knotweed?’ the majority of cases will be disclosed during the sale process. Requiring that any treatment and management plans, together with relevant guarantees be submitted in evidence would help any specialist assess the efficacy of any earlier treatments.”
Notes to Editors:
Environet® is a recognised leading specialist in the total eradication of Japanese knotweed within the UK, covering England, Scotland and Wales. The company is based in Cobham, Surrey, with local regional managers serving the entire UK. As well as using the latest herbicide treatments, they have developed an on-site remediation method called Xtract™. The method is particularly suited to sites where rapid and complete eradication is necessary. Using purpose designed and built equipment all viable rhizome is extracted from the infested soils so that the soils can be re-used on site. It reduces haulage and waste to landfill by 98% and does not require the use of any herbicides. With many projects successfully completed using Xtract™, and a track record of zero re-growth, the guarantees offered by Environet should provide customers with peace of mind over alternative methods.
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