Mortgages and Japanese Knotweed

In June, Herpetosure Invasive Solutions was called to look at Japanese Knotweed at more than 40 properties across the UK where homeowners either can’t sell their house or have been refused a mortgage following a survey which indicated Japanese Knotweed in the garden. ‘In almost all but two cases, we have proved that the Knotweed is treatable with herbicide’ reports the HIS Operations Manager Simon York.

‘Japanese Knotweed (JKW) is a very unpleasant and damaging plant but can usually be treated and the threat to property removed. There is now an almost hysterical reaction to it among mortgage lenders and many people are being turned down for a loan quite unnecessarily’.

He adds ‘There are many ways of controlling JKW. The usual way is to treat it with herbicide over up to three growing seasons. This stops the rhizome or root system spreading and eventually kills it’.

‘My advice is to have any Knotweed you have in or near your property treated before putting your house on the market. Don’t leave it growing there as nearly all surveyors have JKW high up their list of issues when preparing their survey report for a potential lender’.