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Buyers urged to be vigilant for signs of Japanese knotweed now – plant is ‘easy to hide'

The TA6 form is used for conveyancing. The form asks the seller a direct question about whether or not the property is affected by Japanese knotweed. If it is, sellers must provide a management plan for its eradication from a professional company.

Failure to disclose the presence of knotweed could lead to a costly legal claim for misrepresentation when the plant regrows.

Nic Seal, founder and managing director of Environet UK said: “Risks to homebuyers are greater during winter, when knotweed is relatively easy to hide. There are thousands of legal cases brought every year after sellers have failed to disclose the presence of knotweed, in some cases even laying new lawns, patios, sheds and decking in an effort to hide it.

“But rest assured, it will grow back and when it does, the buyer may have a strong case to sue the seller for misrepresentation to recover the cost of treatment, legal fees and any resulting decrease in the value of their home.

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