Knotweed threat as great as ever

Japanese knotweed
Japanese knotweed

Japanese Knotweed has again been in the news, with stories of people losing mortgages due to the presence of the invasive plant.

Although the issue can create a wealth of headlines, there’s a straightforward approach to tackling the problem.

National trade body The Property Care Association (PCA) can help consumers to reach professional treatment companies - offering assurance, standardisation and certainty in tackling the problem.

The PCA has worked with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) - supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and The Building Societies Association - together with Japanese knotweed control companies that currently operate within the UK, to develop the Invasive Weed Control Group.

Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive Office of the PCA, said: “Japanese knotweed has been the subject of controversy in the UK property sector, and has even caused problems to home buyers trying to obtain mortgages on houses affected by the weed.

“However, the problem can be dealt with, and there is a recognised framework to remedy it.

“The issue can be dealt with in the same way qualified contractors deal with faulty wiring or damp.”

The PCA has developed a code of practice, and a training programme for its professional members and those interested in the biology and control of Japanese knotweed.

Hodgson added: “There are rogue traders out there, but members of the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group have been audited and meet the necessary standards to gain admission to the Association.”

The PCA is noted for its training and technical expertise, with an industry-recognised training programme and a renowned technical panel able to share best practice and guidance with members.

The PCA is an established organisation that has built a strong reputation over decades, by representing building preservation specialists who help consumers deal with a range of specialist building defects including damp, rot and underground waterproofing.

It is also a member of Trustmark, the Government-backed scheme which aims to help consumers find reliable and trustworthy tradesmen when making improvements or repairs.