Discovering a knotweed infestation can be an unpleasant and costly experience, leaving you with a financial burden that you could be saddled with for years, however, you might not be liable for all of these costs.
Whether you’ve just discovered your knotweed infestation or you’ve been sitting on it for a while, we’ll able to accurately assess your financial risk and formulate a plan of action so that you can begin the process of removing it from your property and work on obtaining the costs from whoever is responsible.
We’re happy to offer guidance to property owners who’ve been affected by Japanese knotweed, this includes obtaining costs and seeking compensation where necessary. We can put you in touch with accredited specialists who can safely eradicate the knotweed from your property and give you the necessary paperwork to back it up.
If you weren’t informed of the knotweed on your property before you bought your property then you shouldn’t be liable for the costs of removing the plant. In this case, you should be able to bring action against the negligent surveyor or the previous owner of the property. Should the value of your property drop as a result of the knotweed, then we can help you seek compensation for this.
Even if you’ve already dealt with your knotweed problem, you could be able to recover the costs of any treatment that you’ve paid for. Whether it’s a previous owner who has been negligent or a stubborn neighbour refusing to look after their property, you shouldn’t have to take the financial burden of a knotweed infestation that wasn’t your fault.
Get a positive identification
Japanese knotweed has many ‘look a likes’, so it’s possible that you may be dealing with a plant that isn’t anywhere near as aggressive or challenging to deal with. Get a positive identification from a professional before taking any further steps.
Once you’ve confirmed that you’ve got knotweed on your land, it’s understandable to be a little stressed but it’s important not to panic. Although the discovery of Japanese knotweed on your land is not something to celebrate, it might not be as catastrophic as you first think.
A thorough survey of your property by one of our professionals could help clear the air and determine your next course of action. We’ve helped other people just like you determine the source of their knotweed infestation, whose responsibility it is to clear the infestation, and can help you claim compensation in cases where the presence of knotweed is through no fault of your own.
Here are three examples of scenarios that could lead to a successful claim on your part:
Japanese knotweed in neighbours garden?
Your next door neighbour may have little care for their garden, but it’s not until you’ve noticed that the plant matter has started to enter your own land that you’ve taken a closer look. It’s not illegal to allow Japanese knotweed to grow on your land, however there are laws condemning those that allow an invasive plant to cross from your property onto another’s land. Both the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, as well as the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 have been amended over the years to include Japanese knotweed which can cut a house value down by as much as 10%.
In the event of a neighbour (whether it be an individual or an organisation) allows knotweed to leave their land and enter yours, they will be liable for the costs incurred of you removing the infestation. A precedent was laid down for this in 2018. It’s important to note that before a claim can be made for the costs of removal, you will need to formally notify your neighbour of the presence of the knotweed. Find out more about the legal implication of having Japanese knotweed by reading our Japanese knotweed UK law guide.
Bought a house with Japanese knotweed?
A Home Buyer Survey is undertaken by a chartered surveyor. Home Buyer Surveys come in a variety of formats and give prospective buyers the opportunity to learn more about a property that they are considering to buy. A correctly undertaken survey should highlight areas of the property that may need work completed, including the presence of knotweed. The resultant survey is a legally binding document that carries serious legal implications if incorrectly completed by the surveyor. In the case where a surveyor misses Japanese knotweed on the property and you decide to make the purchase, then you may be able to pursue a claim to cover the costs of removing the Japanese knotweed from your land.
TA6 form incorrectly completed by the property owner?
Taking the form of a simple questionnaire, the TA6 property form is an 18-page document that is filled out by the property owner and given to prospective buyers. The questionnaire includes questions relating to the boundaries of the property, any disputes or complaints relating to the property, as well as the presence of knotweed. In the case where a property owner lies about Japanese knotweed affecting the property, you should be able to claim against that property owner. When pursuing this kind of claim it’s important that you have a way to contact the previous owner.
If you have discovered knotweed on your property, or have been dealing with it for some time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to find out how could help you find a solution to your problem by either filling the form out on the right, or calling us directly on 0151 242 9050.