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Really urgently need help regarding knotweed

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CJCregg Thu 07-Jul-11 18:53:58

Have also posted this in Property but I am really worried about would appreciate anyone coming back to me.

Absolutely DESPERATE for knotweed advice ...

I am about to exchange on a house and the surveyor has found knotweed coming through from neighbouring land. Do anybody know what I should do next? Apparently I'm lucky to have had my mortgage offer (it wasn't picked up on their valuation survey) and its continued presence could affect any future sale of the house.

I'm not even sure if it's the vendor's responsibility, as it's coming through/under the fence from neighbouring land. This is an area where the road next door park their cars, so I'm not sure who owns it.

I am really panicking here. Can anybody help?


Collaborate Thu 07-Jul-11 19:22:01

Does Alan Titchmarsh post here?

Batteryhuman Thu 07-Jul-11 19:32:11

Is it near the building?

Has the surveyor put it on his report? If so your solicitor may have to tell the mortgage company but if it is away from the building he should say so and assure the mortgage co that it will be dealt with. That's the conveyancing bit.

Gardening bit. It can be dealt with by repeat applications of weedkiller. If it is spreading from public land you could contact the Council. There is lots of advice on the internet.

mumblechum1 Thu 07-Jul-11 19:33:16

grin Collaborate.

Now if you listened to Gardeners World every week likemydh--forces--e--to you would know that Japanese Knotweed is a Very Bad Thing.

OP, you should go on the Royal Horticultural Society website. They're a mine of info on this sort of stuff.

GeneralissimoVonBobbington Thu 07-Jul-11 19:35:13

OP, as I have already said on your other thread, there are strict rules regarding the disposal of knotweed and you need to get specialist advice about how to remove it and dispose of it. You can't simply put weedkiller on it and hope for the best hmm, you may be fined.

CJCregg Thu 07-Jul-11 19:53:25

I am fast learning that it is A Very Bad Thing Indeed grin

Had never heard of the bastarding stuff before today. It isn't near the building, thank god.

Have spoken to the estate agents who are going to get the vendor to undertake to deal with it. I will know more tomorrow.

Thanks so much to everyone who has replied. Including Alan Titchmarsh wink

sneezecakesmum Fri 08-Jul-11 14:37:26

omg I saw a programme once where derelict land was purchased via auction to build on and it had knotweed. They had to pour concrete massively thick and jump through all sorts of hoops to get a clean bill of health. Legal planning permission stated they had to excavate about 6 feet down and employ specialist plant destroyers to poison it. Apparently if it gets in your foundations it can crack solid concrete! You have to let the local authority know if its located (legal requirement). It is not just a bad thing - it is a very very bad thing. It travels underground and damages foundations big time - personally I'd run a mile. sorry sad

mumblechum1 Fri 08-Jul-11 14:38:31

I asked my dh (Alan Titchmarsh's sexier black younger brother) what he'd do and he said not buy it.

SoloAgainItSeems Fri 08-Jul-11 14:46:32

I've just read THIS

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