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Changes to Property Forms shift onus for identifying Japanese Knotweed

Changes to Property Forms shift onus for identifying Japanese Knotweed
18/02/2020

New emphasis placed on the responsibilities of property buyers

Posted on18.02.2020 The Law Society’s new TA6 Property Information Form has just been launched, with new emphasis placed on the responsibilities of a property buyer with regards to the presence of Japanese Knotweed.

In announcing the changes, Simon Davis, Law Society President, commented:

The TA6 Property Information Form is used so that the seller can give important information about the property to the prospective buyer.

We have updated the form following a recommendation that we review this question by the House of Commons Select Committee on Japanese Knotweed.

The main changes with regards to the Japanese knotweed are:

– Highlighting that information ought to be provided to a buyer if the seller is aware that there is a treatment plan in place

– Replacing “eradication” with “managing its regrowth”

– Adding an “unknown” response on the basis that knotweed can be difficult for a homeowner to detect

So the onus now falls on the buyer to undertake proper checks to highlight the presence of Japanese Knotweed.

Here are Inspectas, we can do a full walkover survey of a property to confirm the presence of Japanese Knotweed. If Japanese Knotweed is identified we can put forward a scope of works to eradicate the problem.

If no Japanese Knotweed is identified then we can provide a mortgage approved report stating the facts. Either way, you want to be sure.

Are you in the process of purchasing a house and need some support? If you do, get in touch today.

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