Knotweed Help is run by Cobleys Solicitors, legal specialists in Japanese knotweed with valuable connections to trusted treatment providers.
Get your Japanese knotweed removed and cover the costs of removal when you’re not to blame for the infestation.
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.
Our team has an unparalleled knowledge of this plant and the legal implications that it has for homeowners. We’ve helped clients get to grips with where they stand legally so that they can push forward and remove their Japanese knotweed for good.
Whether you have recently bought a house and discovered Japanese knotweed, or are worried about Japanese knotweed on adjoining land, our Japanese knotweed solicitors will be able to advise you.
Send us a message using the contact form or give us a call on 0151 244 7571 today for a FREE consultation.
We never charge for initial conversations and we take many cases on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.
There is no quick fix to killing Japanese knotweed infestations. No matter the size of your infestation, completely eradicating this pest can take years; cutting corners at any point in the process could lead to a never-ending battle or, worse still, a hefty fine.
How you go about tackling your knotweed infestation will depend on your situation. If you’re looking to sell up your property soon then you’ll be seeking to get a chemical treatment plan in place that will placate potential buyers and mortgage lenders. If you’re not planning on selling your knotweed-infested home in the near future then you may be happy to just control the plant’s growth. If you’re planning on building or developing land with Japanese knotweed then you may wish to remove it altogether. Remember, before you get a management plan in place, you’ll want to be certain that you’ve found Japanese knotweed on your land, rather than a look-a-like.
Burying Japanese knotweed is a viable method of controlling an infestation, however, if not executed properly, it’s possible to inadvertently exacerbate the problem. It’s worth bearing in mind that this plant has been found growing in some of the most extreme climates imaginable, including areas of volcanic activity in its native Japan. The most effective means of burying the plant is with the aid of a root barrier membrane, which is readily available online, and stop further growth before it reaches the surface, effectively containing the plant underground.
You are legally required to keep any invasive plants on your land under control, this includes Japanese knotweed. As the plant is labelled as controlled waste by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is illegal to simply remove Japanese knotweed from your land and dump it elsewhere. Doing so is one and the same as fly-tipping, with the added offence of spreading an invasive plant into the wild. If you are caught dumping any Japanese knotweed matter or soil contaminated with the plant you could face a large fine or even prison time.
The best way to kill Japanese knotweed is with a professional-grade glyphosate treatment plan administered by a PCA-accredited firm that can offer a guarantee which will be trusted by mortgage lenders and potential buyers. Professional firms have access to stronger chemicals than the general public, which means they get the job done quicker and should be able to offer you an insurance backed certificate. This certificate will prove that you’re actively working to deal with the infestation and will cover you for a stated number of years.
Japanese knotweed can come back if you fail to properly treat it properly the first time. Attempting a DIY solution, like those featured above, can easily backfire and you may end up worsening the infestation. A professional treatment plan ensures that a team returns to treat the infestation for several seasons so that any remnant of the plant is properly eradicated.
Whether you’ve just discovered knotweed on your land or have a long-term infestation, we can help explain your options and may be able to help you claim for the costs of treatment. If it has entered your land from another property, or you’ve just bought a house with Japanese knotweed then you could be able to get the costs of the treatment recovered.
Getting your Japanese knotweed problem treated professionally effectively hits two birds with one stone. Our specialists will be able to assess your infestation and lay out a clear strategy to tackle it, as well as offer you an insurance backed guarantee so that banks and lenders will feel comfortable dealing with you. Which form of treatment that you’ll be offered will depend on the severity of your infestation and also the nature of your property.
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.
– 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.
We never charge for initial conversations and we take many cases on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.Start Your Claim
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.
– 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.Barbara
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