With the nightmare tale of a family unable to sell their home due to Japanese Knotweed hitting the headlines this week, we are reminding members to be vigilant.
According to reports a family in the Midlands are unable to sell their property due to an extensive outbreak in a neighbour’s garden – with potential buyers warned by surveyors and shunned by mortgage lenders over fears the roots of the giant weed could interfere with the foundations of the home.
As landlords it is vital that you know how to spot knotweed – and that you get rid of it as soon as you do. Also to keep an eye on neighbours’ gardens as the bamboo-like weed, which can have roots of up to 3 metres can spread extremely easily. Catching it early can help minimise the costs and means that you will be in a position to sell your rental property if and when you want to.
When checking whether a plant is knotweed look for:
- fleshy red tinged shoots when it first breaks through the ground
- large, heart or spade-shaped green leaves
- leaves arranged in a zig-zag pattern along the stem
- a hollow stem, like bamboo
- dense clumps that can be several metres deep
- clusters of cream flowers towards the end of July that attract bees
For help identifying Japanese Knotweed, you can view the below video from Youtube: