Japanese Knotweed found in Nuneaton rental property

We recently discovered that one of our rental properties in Nuneaton has Japanese Knotweed growing in the garden. My immediate thought was “ouch this is going to be expensive and potentially very troublesome!”.
I knew from watching various TV programmes how much damage Japanese Knotweed can cause, especially if it gets under the structure of the property. If found on a survey, mortgage lenders won’t even consider lending so it could potentially leave your property with zero value!

What is Japanese Knotweed?
“Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a weed that spreads rapidly. In winter the plant dies back to ground level but by early summer the bamboo-like stems emerge from rhizomes deep underground to shoot to over 2.1m (7ft), suppressing all other plant growth. Eradication requires determination as it is very hard to remove by hand or eradicate with chemicals. New legislation now covers its control”- The Royal Horticultural website

What are the treatments?
Herbicidal Irradication- A selection of herbicidal treatments can be sprayed on the affected area. This treatment is often lower on cost but is not always recommended depending on what is found.

Stem Injection- “There are occasions where a specialist company may approve a stem injection methodology where only the Japanese Knotweed plants are targeted leaving all neighbouring vegetation unharmed by the applied herbicides. Unlike foliar applied eradication methods, stem injection targets the application of a controlled quantity of herbicide directly into the core of the plant. This direct targeting of the herbicidal application enables stem injection to be the least insidious method of Japanese Knotweed eradication.” (http://www.ecocontrol.co.uk/residential/)

What is the cost?
Well, like most things, the cost will vary depending on the situation. From my own experience it is costing just under £2,500 for the stem injection treatment, which will be done over two years. A percentage 20-30% is charged per visit so the costs are spread over the duration of the treatment, which doesn’t make it as painful!

Is it guaranteed?
The Company I have instructed comes with their own 10 year, £5 million warranty, which was successful in obtaining over 600 mortgages last year. So, even though I’m not planning to sell any time soon, I know that it’s good for the next 10 years.

This is not something to be taken lightly and please make sure that you DO NOT stick your head in the sand and hope it will go away because it won’t. It will only get worse. No one wants to pay out thousands of pounds for a spot of gardening but I’d rather do that than have a property that I can’t sell!
I hope this is something you never have to deal with (in your rental property or family home) but, if you do suspect, please get it checked out and get a professional company to do the work.

Plans to build even MORE new homes in Nuneaton

We were really shocked (as I’m sure many of you were) to hear about plans to build 220 ‘places to live’ on the grounds of the North Warwickshire and Hinckley College campus on Hinckley Road, Nuneaton.

There were more than 200 people who attended a discussion about the proposed development (hats off to you all). Understandably, the local residents were concerned about several issues such as flooding, increase in traffic as well as other concerns for future students who will not be able to benefit from the sports pitches and other facilities that will no longer be available due to the development plans.

The biggest question raised was, Is there a need for these 220 residential properties?
Those of you who saw my article recently about the other 850 houses due to be built (not far from the college site), will know what my answer would be!

How will this affect the Nuneaton Property market?
Well, in my opinion, local residents wishing to put their house on the market may very well suffer (despite the area and catchment for the secondary school) temporarily due to the proposed plans as well as during the building phase.
I can imagine that most houses in the area will struggle to sell with the amount of New Builds going up. House prices may drop slightly due to an oversupply of properties compared to the amount of demand, which again will impact on local residents who wish to sell their home.

The one plus side to the development is, that if you buy one of these properties on the college grounds, your child won’t have far to walk to college.

I know I had a bit of a rant the other week about the other (mammoth) development on The Longshoot, but I am all for supporting first-time buyers and we all deserve the chance to be able to get on the property ladder. The same is true here as it is in other areas, as can be seen with Peter Hall Middlesbrough and the like working on several developments across the country. The question is, are these properties affordable for first time buyers and, if so, how many?

Zoopla recently reported that, Nationally “Only 37% of people aged between 25 and 34 now live in a property they own, down from 57% in 2006/07. At the same time, the proportion of this age group who are renting a home in the private sector has soared from 27% to 46%, according to the English Housing Survey, which investigates people’s housing circumstances and the condition of properties in England.”

So, currently BTL investors are benefiting from the millennials inclination to rent / inability to afford to get on the property ladder. From a Letting Agents perspective, we know that there is an incredibly high demand for property in Nuneaton compared to a relatively low supply.

We’ll see how things progress and I will definitely be doing another blog article post development to see what impact it has had. Watch this space!

It would be great to hear what you have to say on the matter. If you would like to get in touch, please email me m.maycock@qthomes.co.uk For any other property requirements (sales or lettings) please feel free to get in touch on 02477 674545 or visit our website

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