Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed is one of the world’s most invasive plants. The invasive root system and strong growth can damage concrete foundations, buildings, roads, paving and walls.

If you have recently bought a house and discovered Japanese knotweed or are worried about Japanese knotweed on adjoining land, contact our Japanese knotweed solicitors at JPS Walker Solicitors as soon as possible and we will be able to assist on a no win no fee basis.

What problems can be caused by Japanese knotweed?

-Serious damage to your property including foundations, buildings, structure, walls and paving

-Problems selling or re-mortgaging your house. The majority of mortgage lenders will not allow you to mortgage or re-mortgage your property where Japanese knotweed has been identified either on the property or nearby. The reason for this is that it can cause significant damage to the property causing severe devaluation. Further, you are unlikely to be able to sell your property if it’s suffering from Japanese knotweed.

-Potential liability. The Japanese knotweed could spread from your property to another, you could face legal action from a neighbour if you fail to take any steps to remove it

How can I claim?

-Japanese knotweed on neighbour’s land. If it spreads from neighbouring land onto your land, the law of private nuisance will apply. Even if it is yet to spread onto your property but it is preventing you from mortgaging your property due to it’s nearby presence, you can still have a claim. This can include the presence of Japanese knotweed on neighbouring railway embankments and Network Rail can be held responsible for the same.

-Professional negligence. Many house buyers rely on a surveyor to inspect a property prior to purchase. A surveyor should make you aware if the property is affected by Japanese knotweed. If they have failed to identify it, they could have been negligent, and you may therefore have a claim against the surveyor.

-Misrepresentation, the seller did not inform me about Japanese knotweed.  The Law Society’s Property Information Form ensures that the seller of the property is asked whether the property is or has been affected by Japanese knotweed. If the seller knowingly gives false information, they could be sued by the buyer for misrepresentation.

What can I recover?

Our specialist team can help you recover compensation to include:

-The treatment and removal of Japanese knotweed together with a guarantee

-The diminution in value of the property as a result of Japanese knotweed

-Any other losses caused by the presence of Japanese knotweed

By pursuing a claim for compensation, we can help you resolve any issues you have in relation to Japanese knotweed including the ability to sell or re-mortgage your property. We can offer to work your case on a no win no fee basis.

If we can assist, please contact our Japanese knotweed Solicitors today on 0161 713 5575 as it’s important to seek advice at an early stage. Alternatively, complete our online contact form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.