Japanese Knotweed is fast-growing, expensive to remove, and often goes unidentified. Many homeowners have had Japanese knotweed spread on to their land through no fault of their own and are left to deal with the costly consequences.
Knotweed can make it impossible to sell or re-mortgage your home, as many banks will refuse to offer a mortgage on a property affected by knotweed. The inconvenience and stigma caused by Japanese Knotweed can result in a reduction in your property’s value amounting to tens of thousands of pounds.
If a neighbouring landowner has failed to prevent Knotweed on their land spreading onto your land, you may be entitled to bring a claim against them.
In 2018, The Court of Appeal ruled in Network Rail Infrastructure -v- Williams & Waistell that Network Rail was liable for the cost of removing the Knotweed and for the reduction in property value. This decision has allowed homeowners in similar situations to claim the compensation they deserve.
You may be entitled to compensation to resolve a number of issues, including:
- The cost of expert treatment of Japanese Knotweed, including an insurance-backed guarantee of removal;
- The reduction in value of your property;
- Cost of repairing damage caused by the Japanese Knotweed;
- Damages for discomfort and inconvenience.
Our specialist Japanese Knotweed team at McDermott Smith Law are experienced in helping homeowners who have unfairly been left to deal with Japanese Knotweed that has spread onto their property through no fault of their own.
To begin a claim for compensation or to obtain further advice with no obligation, contact McDermott Smith Law.