Dealing with Japanese knotweed from a neighbour’s garden is not a simple task and you may be limited as to what you can do, depending on how severe the infestation is.
Besides having a conversation with them about the infestation, there is little that you can do about knotweed in a neighbouring property unless it is encroaching on your land.
It is not illegal to allow Japanese knotweed to grow on your property, only if the plant is threatening to spread onto a neighbouring property can you take action to remove the plant.
If you have recently bought a house with Japanese knotweed with knotweed, or have discovered Japanese knotweed encroaching from a neighbouring property, our Japanese knotweed solicitors will be able to advise you.
We never charge for initial conversations and we take many cases on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.
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.
We have successfully helped clients to recover their losses from a Japanese knotweed infestation and find PCA-accredited treatment providers to remove the plant from their property.
These are just some of the issues that can arise from a Japanese knotweed infestation:
Issues with selling your property. Many mortgage lenders will not lend on properties affected by Japanese knotweed, and some may not lend if there is Japanese knotweed on neighbouring land.
Decrease in property value. Due to the stigma attached to this plant, a property’s value could decrease by as much as 25%, unless it is properly treated.
Legal liability. It is against the law to allow this plant to spread from one property to another. If your infestation has arrived from a neighbouring property then you could have legal recourse.
Knotweed Help is run by Cobleys Solicitors, legal specialists in Japanese knotweed with valuable connections to trusted treatment providers.
Considered one of the country’s leading litigators in Japanese Knotweed Law, our knotweed legal specialist – Paolo Martini – leads a team of expert solicitors who are well versed in Japanese knotweed claims.
With over 30 years of experience in the field of litigation, Paolo is a proven expert on all Japanese knotweed legal issues. Managed by the acclaimed Cobleys Solicitors, our Japanese Knotweed solicitors have successfully helped a multitude of clients reclaim the costs of removing Japanese knotweed.
Our Japanese knotweed lawyers can help claim to recover the cost of:
– the treatment/eradication of Japanese knotweed and associated guarantee
– any diminution of value the property has suffered as a result of Japanese knotweed
– any consequential losses
If you weren’t informed of the knotweed on your property before you bought it, 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.
Given our specialist experience, we can also assist if your property is the source of the knotweed and deal with any potential claims against you. We also defend claims brought against you as a seller, developer, solicitor or surveyor.Start Your Claim
Three days into moving into my new home, August 2018 I found Japanese Knotweed growing in the garden. Angry and upset the Surveyor had not done their paid job properly I contacted Cobley Solicitors. They calmly and professionally advised me of the process moving forward.
Eight months later my compensation claim was awarded. Knotweed being dealt with and I feel much happier and reassured. I recommend Cobleys to anyone with a Japanese Knotweed problem. It is true I am so much happier now all dealt with.Barbara