Q My neighbour has recently discovered Japanese knotweed growing in their garden. What are the implications of this for my property?
A Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant species, not native to the UK, which, left unchecked, can be very damaging to buildings and property. It exploits weaknesses such as cracks in concrete or brick walls and can grow directly through asphalt and drains, which can be costly to repair. It can also travel laterally, potentially threatening building foundations.
Due to the damage it can cause, the presence of Japanese knotweed on a property can impact the value and restrict the ability to obtain mortgage finance. Many high street banks have policies that restrict lending against properties where Japanese knotweed is present, and lenders will