Japanese knotweed is classified as an invasive plant species under the Environment Act 1990 and may affect ability to secure lending and subsequently impact the value of the property.
Undertaking certain building work without planning permission constitutes a breach of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 which can result in fines or imprisonment for the offender in some cases such unauthorised works to listed buildings.
Damp and timber decay are common defects that can be costly to repair, can affect the ability to secure lending which can also impact value.
There are many types of damp such as rising damp, penetrating damp, condensation damp and salt damp etc.
Defects can occur in all property types but some defects are specific to certain types of property with varying degrees of severity. For example in property such as a Georgian, Edwardian or Victorian property, defects such as subsidence, dampness woodworm and rot.