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How has recent research influenced the RICS guidelines
By The JKL Team

How has recent research influenced the RICS guidelines

Question: Why is early identification of Japanese Knotweed crucial?

Answer: Early identification of Japanese Knotweed is vital to prevent its resilient rhizomes, which can support life for up to 20 years, from causing extensive spread, property devaluation, legal issues, and damage to structures.

A Closer Look: 

Early identification of Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is crucial for several reasons. This invasive plant is known for its resilient rhizomes, which can survive for up to 20 years and facilitate extensive spread if not promptly managed. Identifying Knotweed early allows for immediate intervention, preventing its rapid proliferation and reducing the risk of significant structural damage to buildings and infrastructure.

Moreover, early detection helps mitigate property devaluation and legal issues. Properties infested with Japanese Knotweed can experience a decrease in value due to the costs associated with its eradication and the potential difficulty in securing mortgages. Legal consequences may also arise if the Knotweed spreads to neighbouring properties, leading to disputes and potential fines. Therefore, timely identification and management are essential to protect property investments and maintain structural integrity‚Äč

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