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« on: July 28, 2020, 12:49:04 PM »

Hi All, I would appreciate any advice on the following situation.

I own and rent out a flat in a Leasehold building.  The building consists of four flats and the large garden has been split into four plots, each flat owning one of the plots.

We recently discovered that our plot and one other plot had Japanese Knowtweed, we immediately took action and have had the Knotweed treated.  I've contacted the owner of the freehold and initially he said the cost of the treatment should be split between all flats (I believe he suggested this as he thought this might be covered on his insurance), he subsequently discovered it wasn't and now thinks only the two plots should cover the cost.  As part of the treatment package we have been issued with a treatment guarantee for 10 years for the entire property, which the freeholder has asked for a copy of.

I have two questions:
1. Should the cost of treating the Knotweed on the two plots be split between all four flats?
2. Are we legally obliged to provide the freeholder with the guarantee?  I have an issue with this as he isn't paying for the treatment or the guarantee.

Many thanks in advance.

Paul
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2020, 01:03:12 PM »

Don't worry, it'll soon spread to their garden too so then they CAN split the cost!

On a serious note, have you had a second opinion about the 'treatment'?  I used to rent a house (not owned by me) that had Japanese Knotweed in the garden.  It was sprayed regularly but it still popped up everywhere.  After I moved out, the landlord sold the house and as part of the sale, they had to dig out the whole garden to a certain depth and put some kind of Knotweed-proof barrier around the sides.  It was only a small garden but I think it cost around 10k (but I may be mistaken?).   Also, how do you and your neighbours feel about spraying so often, for so long (I understand it takes a couple of years?)?   Could you split the cost of digging out the garden?!
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2020, 01:18:14 PM »

We had a couple of treatment companies quote and their advice and prices were similar.

We've gone for treatment as the garden is quite large and the knotweed is a long way from the house.  Also the two plots that it's currently on aren't really used (you have to go out of the front of the flats and walk a long way round to access the garden so quite a lot of hassle).  Plus they quoted around 20k to dig it out and as the area is relatively disused we didn't think it was worth it.

Also I suppose the same question would apply for digging it out, should that 20k be split between the plots tat the knotweed is on or between all four flats.
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