23rd July 2019
In this article, the Sweeney Miller team explains.
What is Japanese knotweed?
Japanese knotweed looks a lot like bamboo, featuring long stems, small white flowers, and leaves positioned in a zig-zag pattern near the base. For many years, it was grown as an ornamental flower much like bamboo, but when introduced to Europe it began to grow as an aggressive weed.
Because it originates in Japan where the soil is volcanic and dry, Japanese knotweed flourishes in European soil, no matter how poor.
Why is it a problem?
Japanese knotweed is so strong that it’s been known to grow through pipes, brickwork, roads, and concrete. This means it’s capable of causing damage to buildings, driveways, and gardens – all of which contribute to the overall value of a property.
If the property has Japanese knotweed will I be able to get a mortgage?
As a rule,…