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Offer accepted, come to bank's valuation, Japanese knotweed seen growth in neighbour's garden. Bank says they will not consider to give offer because it, and asked me to look for another property. Now the vendor is willing to find a specialist to eradicate the problem. Bank says they will accept only if there's a warranty. My husband is fall in love with the house, he said he will not give up because some "plants".

Anyone face the same problem or hear about this ? I 'm so frustrated,

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Offer accepted, come to bank's valuation, Japanese knotweed seen growth in neighbour's garden. Bank says they will not consider to give offer because it, and asked me to look for another property. Now the vendor is willing to find a specialist to eradicate the problem. Bank says they will accept only if there's a warranty. My husband is fall in love with the house, he said he will not give up because some "plants".

Anyone face the same problem or hear about this ? I 'm so frustrated,

Japanese knotweed is very bad news, and if left untouched will demolish your house and poison you; and I'm not exaggerating. It is almost impossible to eradicate it completely. You are very lucky that it has been spotted now rather than when you were trying to sell the house.

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Offer accepted, come to bank's valuation, Japanese knotweed seen growth in neighbour's garden. Bank says they will not consider to give offer because it, and asked me to look for another property. Now the vendor is willing to find a specialist to eradicate the problem. Bank says they will accept only if there's a warranty. My husband is fall in love with the house, he said he will not give up because some "plants".

Anyone face the same problem or hear about this ? I 'm so frustrated,

I had this weed and you should not expect any miracle cure, there is none. I did get rid of mine, it took 5 years. The friggin thing is nuclear proof, I put buckets of sodium chlorate on the ground around it, nothing happened as such, I sprayed all the leaves with it as well, the leaves died, but not the roots. The roots (rhizomes) are the problem, they can go 5 feet down and possibly more, a lot more! They will go through concrete or so I am told, I take it it must be cracked concrete. I have seen it come up though cavity walls and lift window boards up. If you try to dig the plant up and get 100% of the root up which in my opinion is never going to happen, if you leave the smallest tiniest part of the root in the ground it will be as the terminator promised....."I'll be back". The way I finally had victory in this mother of all wars was to use a syringe full of a solution made of sodium chlorate mixed with warm water and inject this into the stem of the plant. I had to syringe the whole plant thoroughly and do this three times a year or every time when it re-grows every year for five years. I sprayed all the leaves for good measure as well. I would still add sodium chlorate to the ground as well.

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Japanese knotweed is very bad news, and if left untouched will demolish your house and poison you; and I'm not exaggerating. It is almost impossible to eradicate it completely. You are very lucky that it has been spotted now rather than when you were trying to sell the house.

Thank you. I just search on Japanese knotweed, it could be a huge problem, although now is in neighbour 's garden. Now I'm struggle that if I should accept the house, when the specialist issue a warranty. As soil will be contaminated too, will it growth again......

It took us so much effort to find a house we like, negotiate the price, now plus vendor will pay for specialist.......dilemma!!

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....it took my brother in law 4 years of continual assault .....it almost grows in front of your eyes ...it will become an obssession ..... you will hear it laugh at you when the wind blows ........best of luck

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Save yourself the hassle. Also always check out the local area thoroughly wherever you move. Have a good drive around. If it's in a town or city I'd also park up from an hour or two on a Friday and/or Saturday night to see if it gets a lot of human traffic from drunken yobs walking past after closing. I'd probably also park up on some random evenings or other times, just to see if you've got youths hanging around or any other sort of problems.

Might even be worth knocking on your would-be neighbours doors to say you're thinking of buying and to ask them what they think of the area. Also gives you an opportunity to check them out and see what sort of people they are.

Sounds a bit paranoid, but having bought a nice flat on a lovely looking road that turned out to be in the vicinity of a den of scumbags and petty vandals, I can tell you to do your research.

Wasn't all bad though, bought in 2002 and sold at peak to some sucker (who obviously didn't do her research - the previous two buyers did cos they pulled out!) for a healthy profit :lol:

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There's an update.

EAs said vendor willing to find a specialist, just take some time to be addressed, since neighbor is involved.

But one week later, today I can see they put the property back to the market. I try to contact my EAs , but he is on annual leave.

I wonder how nasty they are, it seems the vendor now not willing to pay for it, just simply put it back to the market, hiding there's a problem of Japanese Knotweed to next people who may interested in her house.

Any one has opinions?

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There's an update.

EAs said vendor willing to find a specialist, just take some time to be addressed, since neighbor is involved.

But one week later, today I can see they put the property back to the market. I try to contact my EAs , but he is on annual leave.

I wonder how nasty they are, it seems the vendor now not willing to pay for it, just simply put it back to the market, hiding there's a problem of Japanese Knotweed to next people who may interested in her house.

Any one has opinions?

As I said, it will take 5 years to kill the weed so I would not accept that a specilist can kill it sooner.

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I had this weed and you should not expect any miracle cure, there is none. I did get rid of mine, it took 5 years. The friggin thing is nuclear proof, I put buckets of sodium chlorate on the ground around it, nothing happened as such, I sprayed all the leaves with it as well, the leaves died, but not the roots. The roots (rhizomes) are the problem, they can go 5 feet down and possibly more, a lot more! They will go through concrete or so I am told, I take it it must be cracked concrete. I have seen it come up though cavity walls and lift window boards up. If you try to dig the plant up and get 100% of the root up which in my opinion is never going to happen, if you leave the smallest tiniest part of the root in the ground it will be as the terminator promised....."I'll be back". The way I finally had victory in this mother of all wars was to use a syringe full of a solution made of sodium chlorate mixed with warm water and inject this into the stem of the plant. I had to syringe the whole plant thoroughly and do this three times a year or every time when it re-grows every year for five years. I sprayed all the leaves for good measure as well. I would still add sodium chlorate to the ground as well.

Sodium chlorate was a g8 cheap weedkiller,but it,s been banned!

Sodium chlorate substitute now[glyphosate],which is much more expensive & much less effective.

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As I said, it will take 5 years to kill the weed so I would not accept that a specilist can kill it sooner.

I also don't believe the specialist can fully eradicate the problem too, but as the vendor promised to do it to get my mortgage approve, I'm waiting to see what they do.

But now 1 week after they promised me, they put the property back to market without notice me, it was "SSTC", now is "new" to the market with the same asking price. I think it is very unfair to the next people who want to buy the house. I guess the vendor just cut those off, and pretend there's no such problem.

I also think EAs shouldn't put the house back to the market as the problem has not yet solved.

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Sodium chlorate was a g8 cheap weedkiller,but it,s been banned!

Sodium chlorate substitute now[glyphosate],which is much more expensive & much less effective.

I am much obliged, I just came back from seven years abroad. In this case it just makes the problem worse and probably add a few more years to the length of time to kill it.

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Just read with interest this thread and decided to look up Japanese Knotweed so I might identify it whilst househunting. From the photos it looks very familiar. Is it quite tall with a thick stalk? If so I had a battle with this outside my garden gate where I used to live, it was awful and in stamping on a stalk it snapped and the bit still in the ground went into the back of my ankle and was an infected mess for ages. Avoid this house Wheat you have been really really lucky the bank told you about it.

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Japanese knot weed is capable of growing through solid un-cracked concrete. The only way of killing it is a prolonged and sustained campaign of destruction.

It is illegal to transport any soil from anywhere that has it growing. Incinerate the whole plant. You must destroy every bit of rhizome. Systemic weed killer injected into every stem for up to 5 years may kill it but if you relax for 5 minutes it will beat you. This stuff grows like bamboo on steroids. It is present in the local school 'wild area'. Needless to say I can't go spraying/injecting it with dangerous chemicals so cutting it down is pretty much all that is left. Its not going to do the house prices much good where they back onto the school grounds.

Guess what!

The main Olympic site was infected with it. I wonder how much of the spoil they removed and dumped in the clay pits of Peterborough had bits of rhizome in it?

I bet it comes up through the floor of the buildings before the Olympics start.

Don't buy a house with this stuff anywhere near it. Don't believe an EA who says they will treat it. Don't believe any company who offers to get rid of it for money.

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Could there be a case for misrepresentation/fraud if the house is sold and the sellers/EA have concealed that they know there is Japanese knotweed growing close to the property putting it at risk?

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Guess what!

The main Olympic site was infected with it. I wonder how much of the spoil they removed and dumped in the clay pits of Peterborough had bits of rhizome in it?

I bet it comes up through the floor of the buildings before the Olympics start.

A lot of it was buried on site, encased in polythene quite deep, couldn't see the point myself as it was growing alongside the railway lines anyway.

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Could there be a case for misrepresentation/fraud if the house is sold and the sellers/EA have concealed that they know there is Japanese knotweed growing close to the property putting it at risk?

This is exactly what I think. I wonder why EAs know the problem, but still help the seller. For me, this is a fraud for the next buyer.

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Just read with interest this thread and decided to look up Japanese Knotweed so I might identify it whilst househunting. From the photos it looks very familiar. Is it quite tall with a thick stalk? If so I had a battle with this outside my garden gate where I used to live, it was awful and in stamping on a stalk it snapped and the bit still in the ground went into the back of my ankle and was an infected mess for ages. Avoid this house Wheat you have been really really lucky the bank told you about it.

Good god! Day of the triffids.

I know of a development near my aunt's house - four houses all built on a site infested with knotweed. They've been vacant for years, blacklisted for mortgages.

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My understanding is they don't deal with the roots system thus it keeps growing back.

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