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    Slight spanner in the works with my house sale.

    Apparently my buyers survey has picked up Japanese Knot Weed in a block of flats about 50 yards from my flat.

    This is now causing my buyer issues with getting a mortgage as you would expect.

    Does anyone on here have any experience with JKW?

    I have been told by Soliciters that the knot weed was found at the site before any of the plots were build, so is this not the responsibility of the Builders/Management company to have things in place to overcome any issues with the JKW?

    The management agency here is shit (Andrews) and are currently being taken to court by numerous residents.

    Andrews have told me that they took the JKW issues to courts before building the flats and it is now the responsibility of the residents.

    This being the case, surely no-one will ever be able to sale their flats!

    This can't be right, any advise muchious appreciatedious.

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    Sorry, but that's not good. Nobody in their right mind would buy a place with JKW, even if it is someone's else responsibility etc. It's an utter nightmare to remove, spreads like wildfire and does a lot of damage to foundations etc.

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    Looks like you're going to have to nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure of getting rid of JKW.

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    Default Re: Japanese Knot weed and the Law

    It can be quite dangerous.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    Looks like you're going to have to nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure of getting rid of JKW.
    There are firms that will remove it professionally and offer a guarantee (10+ years), but I expect it's going to be costly as the roots can go down 3m. Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides will kill it, but it's the removeal of the root system that causes issues as any tiny bits that fall off into the soil have a good chance of growing again.

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    You need to tell it that WW2 ended in 1945 and it can go home now.

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    Finally had a phone call back from Soliciters (they must of seen this thread lol).

    Apparently the Knot Weed is being treated and will not affect a mortgage application. So i recon my buyer who is telling me this is stopping her getting a mortgage is lying.

    We shall see in a few days hopefully. Thanks Anyway all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenman View Post
    So i recon my buyer who is telling me this is stopping her getting a mortgage is lying.
    Why would they lie ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    You need to tell it that WW2 ended in 1945 and it can go home now.
    This is from the Kamakazi division and never goes home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weeksy View Post
    Why would they lie ?
    I recon she is just struggling to get a mortgage, nothing to do with the knotweed, or maybe not!

    She had been pestering me to get my mortgage sorted and all along she had not sorted hers, WTF!

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    Can you smoke this Jap weed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudolph View Post
    I wouldn't buy a property with JKW anywhere local, nor would any sane person.

    Someone saying "it's being dealt with" is a million miles away from it being done and confirmed. It's akin to buying a house in a known floodplain, that has flooded badly for the last 10years and someone saying "but the rivers authority are dealing with it, honest Gov'"
    I might. If it was my dream home, the price was right and I had the cash set aside for dealing with the problem. And I could actually deal with the problem (Ie not relying on a 3rd party landowner to do it). But just like any other issue with a house purchase, if would take it from being worth X to being worth y% of X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenman View Post
    I recon she is just struggling to get a mortgage, nothing to do with the knotweed, or maybe not!

    She had been pestering me to get my mortgage sorted and all along she had not sorted hers, WTF!
    Prob had an agreement in principle and when the survey came through it all fell apart. I understand (after a quick wiki search) that different lenders view Japanes Knotweed differently, and it also probably depends on the LTV as to how happy they are.

    She could try a different lender perhaps if she's still keen on the property. Mind if she's using a specialist lender to get a high LTV or because of other factors, she may not have a choice.

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    Or she may come back with a lower offer.....

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    Was it not raised when you bought the place?
    If it was identified and dealt with before building was undertaken it shouldn't cause an issue, unless the survey has found it reappeared?

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