A recent announcement suggests that there'll be new Japanese knotweed guidance from a range of invasive species and house associations coming soon. RICS, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee (HCLG) and Defra have worked together to tackle misinformation about knotweed. They realise that many people who are trying to buy or sell a home are left unsure how to deal with a Japanese knotweed problem, so their guidance will explain how homeowners should try to control knotweed rather than eradicate it completely.
This guidance should provide homeowners with:
- A structured system to help classify the severity of different knotweed infestations
- Advice that makes it easier for sales of properties with knotweed to move forward
- A management framework that will make it easier for surveyors to assess properties where knotweed is present
We expect to see a finalised version of this new guidance later in 2021. It's set to replace the 2012 paper titled - Japanese Knotweed and Residential Property - which is now considered outdated.
The main aim of this new guidance is to encourage homeowners and property developers to look at Japanese knotweed management plans that are backed by insurance guarantees. This is something that we already offer to our clients here at Taylor Total Weed Control. In fact, we've been recommending Japanese knotweed treatment plans & insurance backed guarantees to customers who are buying or selling a home for years!
We offer comprehensive Japanese knotweed surveys & product mortgage reports that can be provided to mortgage lenders. In addition, we also offer insurance-backed guarantees to provide an additional level of reassurance. If you're someone who's struggling to buy or sell a home due to Japanese knotweed, we can help! Get in touch to find out more.
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