Japanese Knotweed – How To Assess The Plant, Make a Claim & The Reasons Why
Japanese Knotweed Season has arrived here is Britain. Here at Angelus Law we are proficient at handling Japanese Knotweed claims.
Many individuals are unaware of why one should claim and are unaware of how to spot this invasive plant in order to prevent future damages.
Below we have outlined a full guide on this particular plant in question.
HOW TO SPOT JAPANESE KNOTWEED
The leaf shape is very distinctive. Think of a shovel liked head shape. A wide-hearted body which veers off to a pointed tip.
Leaves are green in colour but are different to other plants due to their distinctive markings. There are vein like marking across the leaves, which are usually in a deep shade of red.
Very small white/cream flowers bloom in late Summer/Autumn months. They grow in small clusters and appear very light in appearance.
Similar to the leaves, they are green in colour, adorned with red flecks, they are 1-2cms in width. Bineweed and Bamboo can be mistaken for Japanese Knotweed due to their robust stems.
Knotweed stems can grow up to 3 metres above and below ground level. They can look wood like and tend to grow in a zig zag formation.
Start of Season – Spring
Like many other plants, Japanese Knotweed begins its growth in the Spring season around March.
The stems will grow vertically from the ground in a shoot vertical like format and will gradually begin to grow leaves.
End of Season – Fall
In the Fall/Winter months, the plant will begin to appear as though it is dying by showing all signs of demise. It will appear brown in colour and will diminish to ground level.
As the above points states, the roots of Knotweed will continue to be robust, even though it will appear as if the plant is dying. The roots of Knotweed will continue to stay alive through the Winter months ready to begin Spring growth the following year.
CAN YOU MAKE A JAPANESE KNOTWEED CLAIM?
A surveyor will survey the property and its boundaries upon house/land purchases (if you instruct one to do so).
If Japanese Knotweed is growing onto your property from outside of your boundary OR originates from the property/land you are due to buy, the surveyor MUST highlight this to you in the report.
IF KNOWEED WAS NOT HIGHLIGHTED IN THE REPORT BUT SHOULD HAVE BEEN, YOU CAN MAKE A CLAIM
Japanese Knotweed MUST be growing onto your properties boundaries by at least 1 metre from outside of your boundaries, before you can make a claim against the defendant. You will want to make a claim to STOP future growth and to PREVENT a diminution in value to your property/land.
IF THIS IS TRUE AND CONFIRMED BY A SURVEYOR, YOU CAN MAKE A CLAIM
Japanese Knotweed MUST originate from OUTSIDE of your properties boundaries and proceed to grow ONTO your land.
IF KNOTWEED IS GROWING ONTO YOUR LAND AND IS CONFIRMED BY A SURVEYOR, YOU CAN MAKE A CLAIM
The land in which the plant is growing FROM, MUST originate on some form of business or council owned land.
IF THE DEFENDANT IS BUSINESS/COUNCIL OWNED, YOU CAN MAKE A CLAIM
Japanese Knotweed requires specialist treatment to ensure the plant is eradicated indefinitely. This treatment usually comes with a 10 year back guarantee. If the defendant has NOT had such treatment completed properly or the plant is continuing to grow you can make a claim.
IF THIS TREATMENT TYPE HAS NOT BEEN COMPLETED, YOU CAN MAKE A CLAIM
WHY IS JAPANESE KNOTWEED A RISK TO YOU AND YOUR FUTURE?
Why is there stigma?
Japanese Knotweed on or nearby, will put a negative stigma on your property/land. The following points highlight the problems it can cause:
- It will devalue your home
- Can cause structural damage
- Is costly to remove correctly
- May not allow you to re mortgage your home
- May not let you obtain a mortgage in the first instance
- Could stop you from being able to sell your land/property
If you are experiencing difficulties due to Japanese Knotweed, please contact a member of our team and a surveyor will come and asses the plant in question.