Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is an invasive and fast-spreading plant that resembles bamboo. The plant spreads rapidly underground through a rhizome system.

Controversy surrounding Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed can find it's way through cracks in bricks, mortar and concrete. This combined with how difficult the plant is to eradicate has led to mortgage lender jitters when it comes to lending against a property with thee plant nearby.

The effects of the plant on properties are greatly exaggerated - the impact that it can have on a property sale is not.

The hysteria has now settled to some degree with most lenders being prepared to lend where there is an indemnity back treatment and control program in place.

Read more:

What to check before buying a home with Japanese Knotweed

what to check before selling a home with Japanese Knotweed

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher