Japanese knotweed solicitors
Japanese knotweed is fast growing, intrusive and potentially damaging for the stability and value of your home. If it has spread to your property from a neighbouring piece of land, we may be able to help you claim the compensation you’ll need to overcome this serious problem. Even if knotweed was already present when you bought your home, we may be able to seek compensation on your behalf if the previous owner failed to disclose its presence or a surveyor failed to spot it.
All you need to know about knotweed disputes
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Who’s to blame for my Japanese knotweed?
The most common reason for an infestation in residential gardens is that it has spread from adjacent commercial land such as railway embankments or construction sites.
It’s rightly feared by homeowners because of its pernicious root system, which spreads at a depth of around three metres underground and can fatally undermine the foundations of your home.
This means that if you’ve identified Japanese knotweed in your garden, you can expect to face a bill of several thousand pounds in order to eradicate the problem before it can cause lasting damage to your home.
There are a number of circumstances that might help you to claim for the cost of remedial and eradication works and potentially claim additional compensation for any devaluation of your property that has inevitably occurred from the responsible parties. Examples of parties we can assist with actions against are:
- A neighbour or the owner of neighbouring land where Japanese knotweed has been allowed to spread unchecked
- Your surveyor should they have failed to spot the presence of Japanese knotweed when they surveyed the property prior to your purchase
- The seller of the property where it can be proven that they knew knotweed was present but failed to disclose this in the Home Information Pack (also known as a Seller’s Pack) that they completed when you bought the house from them
- Rail companies or organisations where knotweed has spread from their network sites
What will it cost to claim Japanese knotweed compensation?
In the first instance, where it can clearly be demonstrated that someone else was to blame for the presence of Japanese knotweed on your property, we’ll often seek a swift resolution of the dispute and treatment of the knotweed.
For instance, where the knotweed has arrived on your property from another piece of land, it may be possible to negotiate terms whereby your neighbour or the neighbouring landowner covers all the costs of removing the knotweed from your property.
In cases where knotweed is present due to negligence by a landowner or developer, it’s also quite likely that you’re not alone in having this problem.
If you and a number of your near neighbours are in the same boat, and the same party is responsible, starting a following an attempt at dispute resolution may be the most cost-effective way to pursue your claim.
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