Phlorum Joins as Founder Member of Japanese Knotweed Trade Body
5th April 2012
Having helped produce the recent RICS guidance for surveying properties affected by Japanese knotweed, Phlorum has officially joined the Property Care Association Invasive Weeds Control Group (RICS/IWCG) as a founder member.
The RICS guidance and PCA/IWCG trade body are a direct response to the problems faced by mortgage lenders in assessing risks to property caused by Japanese knotweed infestations. These problems were highlighted by lenders via the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Building Societies Association, who helped with the initial steer of the RICS and PCA working groups.
The PCA was founded over twenty years ago to represent professional consultants and contractors working in the damp proofing industry. This was formerly a poorly regulated industry, with specialists being undermined by many unscrupulous companies offering poor service and bad advice, often at inflated prices.
It is the aim of the IWCG to elevate the status of its members such that clients can be assured that they are receiving Japanese knotweed advice from qualified professionals that are regularly audited by a well-established and respected trade body.
Membership of the PCA signs Phlorum up to the Government-licensed Trustmark scheme and also allows our clients’ payments to be secured and protected through Bondpay.