There have been cases where Japanese Knotweed come up inside houses and damaged them so badly that they are no longer saleable.
The new Invasive Alien Species Regulation 2014 obliges land owners to manage invasive alien species such as Japanese Knotweed.
Part 4 of the new Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 has also introduced community protection notices, which could be issued by local authorities or the police to force landowners to deal with Japanese knotweed. It allows ﬁnes of up to £20,000 to be imposed on companies that fail to tackle the problem. Individuals would also be forced to comply, or face a ﬁne of up to £2,500.
Andrew R Williams & Associates Ltd
Widnes Warrington Chester Manchester Liverpool