Knot Needed: How Japanese Knotweed Could Cause Problems for BTL Investors and How to Identify It

Japanese Knotweed

They can grow to a staggering 7ft high… no, we’re not talking about the amount of paperwork you’ve received regarding GDPR.

Universally known as Asian or Japanese knotweed, this Fallopia japonica may appear to be a harmless, however, it can grow in excess of 7ft high, causing major issues for buy-to-let investors who are attempting to attract potential tenants. Moreover, this plant can potentially damage the drainage systems and house foundations of your property. If this wicked weed isn’t identified in time, you’ll be the one tangled in financial knots.

The plant is known to lie dormant during the winter but begins sprouting in spring. You will be alerted of this plant growing in your garden when clusters of cream flowers are visible.

What could Japanese Knotweed mean for buy-to-let investors?

If Japanese Knotweed is left unidentified and untreated, this plant can cause damage to your property, leaving you in a difficult situation when it comes to advertising, selling or even buying a property. In some cases, lenders are immediate in their refusal to provide mortgages for homes where Japanese Knotweed is present. The roots from this plant can cause severe damage to house foundations, walls and even drainage systems.

How to identify Japanese Knotweed and prevent damage

 The plant can be identified by its recognisable and distinctive lime green stem with purple and red speckles. In addition, the plant has reddish-pink buds, with heart-shaped leaves. If you suspect that this plant is beginning to grow in your garden, you should exercise caution. You could begin by taking photographs and sending them to a weed control company for their advice. You will not be charged at this stage for simply asking for advice.

 

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

 

Removing the plant

 Although the fact that growing knotweed is not illegal, it is important that this plant is maintained under strict control to ensure that it doesn’t spread i

nto nearby gardens. Advice on how to remove this plant can be accessed on the Landlord News website when you sign up for free

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