Japanese knotweed and the law
What is the law on Japanese knotweed? If you suspect that you have knotweed, you need to act or you may run the risk of fines or imprisonment. Read more to find out what you should do if you have Japanese knotweed.
We offer an insurance on our company guarantees that is widely accepted by major UK mortgages lenders in the industry.
This is a low cost, long term insurance policy, which provides valuable protection for consumers when undertaking home improvements projects. It provides you with additional peace of mind that in the unlikely event the company ceases to trade, for whatever reason, you can still make a claim under the terms of the original guarantee.
If you discover that the original contractor has ceased to trade you would make a claim to the insurance underwriters. They would organise a re-inspection of the property by an alternative PCA member contractor. If the re-inspection report confirms regrowth of Japanese knotweed*, The underwriters will meet the reasonable costs of any re-treatment works required.
*in the area(s) originally treated, and detailed within your management plan, and covered by the original contractor’s written guarantee.
When quoting your remedial works, we will include an insurance policy or provide you with a quotation for a Insurance Backed Guarantee which can provide insurance cover for a period of up to ten years and only a one-off premium payment is required. The quotation will confirm the premium applicable.
Japanese knotweed is a source of anxiety for those looking to buy and sell their homes. It’s important to get a survey early on to determine if you have Japanese knotweed on the property. And if so, then you will be able to put a management plan in place, and give lenders the assurance they need that the property will not be devalued.
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Do you think that you may have Japanese knotweed? Our free identification service can help! Just send in some photos of the suspected knotweed and our experts will review the pictures and let you know for sure.