International Approaches to Japanese knotweed in the Context of Property Sales - BE0179

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Abstract

Description
The aim of this project is to investigate other countries’ approaches to Japanese knotweed in the context of property sales. The research should develop a structured and systematic way of approaching the relevant bodies and organisations in other countries, both within and outside Europe, to investigate whether Japanese knotweed has to be declared as part of the property buying process.

Building on this, the project should draw conclusions about whether the approach adopted in the UK is disproportionate and make recommendations for improving the approach in the four administrations of the UK.
Objective
To consider international approaches to Japanese knotweed in the context of property sale.
Building on this understanding, the key research questions are as follows:
• How does the approach taken across the four administrations of the UK differ?
• In other countries, what are the approaches taken by lenders to Japanese knotweed in the context of property sales?
• Do sellers in other countries have to declare if their property is affected by Japanese knotweed or other invasive plants?
• Does the evidence from these other countries indicate that the UK takes a disproportionate approach to Japanese knotweed during the buying process?
• If so, how could this approach be improved in the four UK administrations?
• Should the question on property information form TA6 regarding whether the seller’s property is affected by Japanese knotweed and whether they have a management plan in place be removed?
• Alternatively, should additional invasive plants be required to be declared, and if so, which ones?

The economic, environmental and social impacts should be taken into consideration when answering questions related to changing the current approach.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDEFRA
Commissioning bodyDEFRA
Number of pages108
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

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