Japanese Knotweed is a quick growing invasive weed which if left untreated can have disastrous consequences for the structural integrity of a property. The plant grows at a phenomenal rate of 10cm per day and it is this relentless growth which makes it capable of growing through into the tiniest cracks in masonry and concrete. As banks and building societies have been known to refuse mortgages on properties with Japanese Knotweed without a treatment programme in place, it is important not to ignore any suspect plants on or anywhere near your property.
Flat owners – are you thinking of extending your lease?
Long leaseholds are typically 99 years, 125 years or 999 years. If you have a 99 year or 125 year lease it may be time to seriously start thinking about a lease extension. A lease provides the right to occupy a flat (or house) for a fixed term as a Leaseholder. The Freeholder retains ownership of the building and typically you’ll pay them an annual ground rent, the amount of which is laid down in your lease. This has a drawback in that the fewer the number of years that remain on the lease the less valuable the flat becomes. The law recognises this fact and gives the leaseholder the right to extend their lease by an additional 90 years once they have owned it for two years.
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WHY WORRY ABOUT JAPANESE KNOTWEED?
While Japanese Knotweed is actually quite an attractive looking plant, it is important not to be fooled by its beauty as this destructive plant costs Britain an estimated £165 million every year. It has even been listed by the World Conservation Union as one of the worst invasive species in the world. Due to the fact that it can squeeze through masonry and concrete, it can drastically reduce the value of your property.
Ways to beat increasing energy costs in 2019
You are most likely aware of the increases in the price of electricity, water, and other utilities. According to the Office for National Statistics the cost of gas has almost tripled, rising by 190 per cent, in just ten years. While the cost of electricity has increased by 120 per cent in the same period, meaning it has more than doubled. These figures may seem alarming, but there are a number of ways that you can avoid paying more for your energy. Here are our top tips on how you can make your home more energy efficient, reduce environmental harm, and save money on your energy costs:
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