Japanese Knotweed Survey
If you are looking to buy or sell a property, you will likely require a full Japanese Knotweed survey to determine the presence or absence of Japanese Knotweed within the property boundaries.
Why do I need a Japanese Knotweed Survey?
Japanese Knotweed must be declared on a TA6 form due to the high possibility of damage occurring. For those who have Japanese Knotweed on their property, the effect it can have on a properties value and it’s potential to spread need to be stated. If you do not declare the presence of Japanese Knotweed, you may be legally accountable. Many mortgage providers will ask for a full survey to be undertaken prior to a sale and also have reassurance of a Japanese Knotweed removal plan.
Our highly experienced knotweed surveyors are members of the Property Care Associate (PCA). They are all trained to detect the presence of any invasive plant species within a property. This allows us to reassure you that any potential issues will be identified. The RICS Management Categories are taken into account when carrying out a survey at a residential property.
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In the case of selling or buying a property that is affected by Japanese Knotweed, a knotweed assessment and report may be needed. This would be necessary in order for a buyer, or a seller, to obtain a mortgage. A survey and report document will provide formal Japanese knotweed verification, as well as a more accurate plan of where Japanese Knotweed is within the property. It also describes the RICS Management category assessment identified, and recommendations on the most effective remediation strategy for the property.
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The Government’s Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 includes new measures to tackle irresponsible mistreatment of Japanese knotweed that causes it to spread or “not controlling Japanese Knotweed when they could be reasonably expected to do so”.
Individuals who do not consciously take steps to prevent the spread of the invasive species can be fined up to £2,500 while companies who perpetrate this new law could receive a penalty of up to £20,000.
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Japanese knotweed is a nightmare. Not only is this invasive plant a hazard to biodiversity, you’re also faced with a host of legal responsibilities to stop it spreading onto neighbouring land and the potential of facing legal action if you do.
You can claim a deduction of 100% plus a further deduction of 50% to cover any expenses incurred by hiring a company to clean up your land. These expenses are covered under Corporate Tax and can simply be submitted with your Corporation Tax Self-Assessment.
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What is included in a Japanese Knotweed Survey?
Our Home Sellers & Buyers Survey and Japanese Knotweed survey provides peace of mind to clients buying and selling property affected by Japanese Knotweed and other invasive plants.
It includes a full walkover survey, RICS Management Category Assessment, annotated photographs, a GIS CAD site plan, site findings and professional recommendations on the most appropriate remediation method. A quotation is also provided to the client.
We also assist with a high number of cases where Japanese Knotweed has spread from a commercial site, e.g. from railway embankment to a residential property.
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Japanese Knotweed Survey FAQs
It is important to stress that although Japanese Knotweed is an invasive Schedule 9 plant, it can be effectively managed and removed from residential property and development sites. We have been assisting thousands of homeowners buy and sell property affected by Japanese Knotweed for over a decade!
There should be no reason why you should avoid purchasing your desired property, as long as you have obtained a professional Japanese Knotweed survey from a specialist knotweed surveyor company such as TP Knotweed Solutions. You simply need to understand the limitations and solutions of the proposed/ implemented remediation strategy.
The Property Information Form (TA6) is a document used by sellers to give prospective buyers important information about the property so that they can make an informed decision. This includes things like parking, alterations to the property, insurance and environmental matters such as energy efficiency and the like. One of the main environmental aspects of the form is information regarding Japanese Knotweed. The TA6 form addresses concerns with the following question: “Is the property affected by Japanese Knotweed?”
The form provides three possible answers to the question: Yes, No, Not known
Should the TA6 form of a property you are considering buying state ‘Not known’ concerning Japanese Knotweed, then you may want to conduct a Japanese Knotweed survey at your own expense.
Bankers have previously been reluctant to give mortgages to properties with Knotweed growths.
The presence of Japanese Knotweed will most likely affect the valuation of a property. If Japanese Knotweed is present on or near to a property, mortgage lenders often require evidence of a suitable treatment programme as a condition of lending. A 10 Year Insurance Backed Guarantee must also be in place upon completion. Read our Knotweed and mortgages advice for more information.
Your property’s value is closely tied to its condition, as well as issues highlighted in your property survey.
The physical damage caused by Japanese Knotweed will result in financial damage. This can be the costs required to repair your property, or the reduced property value. These result from damages and the poor condition of your property, as a result of Knotweed.
It is a legal requirement for a knotweed surveyor to highlight the presence of Japanese Knotweed in their reports, meaning you will be required to treat it eventually. Treatment is much easier and faster when the Japanese Knotweed is first identified and it is smaller.