Selling a House with Japanese Knotweed
Selling a property that has been infested with Japanese knotweed may prove more difficult than you previously anticipated. Japanese knotweed is a very fast-growing weed and its invasive roots are capable of damaging the walls, foundations and drainage systems of houses. All that it takes is a crack or chip in any hard surface, and the plant will exploit the weak spot in its relentless search for light and water.
Japanese knotweed can also interfere with the natural eco-system of your land by blocking light from plants in the surrounding area, causing them to die. Although it is not illegal to grow Japanese knotweed on your property, you could be liable for fines of up to £20,000 if it is not properly contained and spreads to the surrounding properties. This is why surveyors and estate agents are wary about even the slightest sign of Japanese knotweed growth.
It is possible to eradicate Japanese knotweed from your property with the help of a professional. There are, however, several key factors that you should consider once you have found a willing buyer.