Japanese Knotweed in a property
I would like to know if estate agents are obliged to disclose the presence of Japanese Knotweed in a property that they are advertising.
Asked on Feb 14 2019,
General in Wales |
The vendor has to declare it if they are aware of it ... and by definition... if the vendor has told the agent ... then yes. However, if the vendor has not told their agent - then they can’t declare something they don’t know of
Answered on Feb 15 2019,
No they are not, but the decent ones should raise it with you as an issue (provided they are aware). Issues like this usually get flagged up at survey...
Answered on Feb 17 2019,
Thank you for your answers. I was only asking as myself and my husband went to view a property, nothing was disclosed to us about Japanese Knotweed. We liked it and put an offer down, which has been accepted. Only when the Mortgage survey report came bac,k we found out about the JK. We found out then that the sellers knew about it for 4 years and nothing has been done to treat it!! So we ended up pulling out from the property, so I informed the estate agent why we were pulling out. And the property is back out on the market and on the advert, there's no mention of the JK on the advert at all!! I just find that very dishonest from both sellers and estate agents as they are just wasting people's money as the next buyers are going to have exactly the same problem!
Answered on Feb 18 2019,
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