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Frequently Asked Questions

You can only claim damages for Japanese knotweed removal if another person or organisation is to blame.  You should get knotweed legal advice before you contact the person or organisation you think caused the injury or before replying to any letters or offers to settle your claim.

If you are thinking about making a claim for damages, it is important to seek advice as soon as you can.  This is because legislation prescribes that you must commence your Japanese knotweed claim within certain time limits after discovering its presence. After this, it will almost always be too late.

If you are concerned about whether you still have time to claim, or if you are close to the limitaton period contact Japanese Knotweed Claims Ltd as soon as possible and we can put you in touch with a solicitor who can give you a knotweed legal advice.

Potentially yes. If there is evidence to support that another person or organisation is at fault e.g. if the knotweed has encroached from neighbouring land or the knotweed was present when you purchased your home, you may be able to claim for the treatment even if it has already been paid for and carried out.

Yes, we work closely with companies that specialise in Japanese knotweed removal and eradication.  In the vast majority of cases their expertise will enable you to identify the source of the knotweed.

Yes, you can seek a pre-emptive injunction to compel the owner of neighbouring land to treat the knotweed which is threatening to encroach on your land. You can also make a claim for the appropriate guarantees to ensure that your property is protected from future infestation.  We can put you in touch with soliictors who can advise you about this course of action.

Almost all mortgage lenders will insist on an approved insurance backed treatment programme being in place before lending against any property. Without the appropriate treatment programme and guarantee for the knotweed, it is almost impossible to get a mortgage.

Unfortunately yes. Even with a treatment programme in place the stigma associated with Japanese knotweed means that the value of a property will probably be adversely affected by the presence or previous presence of Japanese knotweed. However if the knotweed has encroached from neighbouring land or the knotweed was present when you purchased your home you may be able to claim for the resulting diminution in value to your property.

You can sell your house if it has Japanese knotweed, however you must declare it on the TA6 and it can prevent buyers securing a mortgage and may decrease the sale value of your property. If Japanese knotweed has encroached from a neighbouring property we can put you in touch with solicitors who can help you claim for the resulting diminution of value as well as making your property mortgagable.

If your case is taken, but it is not successful, we won’t charge you for our services, but you may have to pay the costs of the other side. However, we have developed a model which eliminates this possibility.  For more information, see ‘what does “no win, no fee” mean?’.

It’s impossible to give an idea of how much you might get until we have some details about your Japanese knotweed problem.  Your lawyer will be able to discuss this with you and give you more detailed knotweed legal advice.

Using Japanese Knotweed Claims Ltd to make a claim means that you won’t have to pay for using a lawyer’s services unless you win your case.  If you lose your case, as long as you haven’t misled us, we won’t charge you – hence “no win, no fee”. Japanese Knotweed Claims Ltd takes on the costs risk in the event that your claim is not successful, but takes a percentage of any damages you recover should you be successful.

Your lawyer will do most of this for you.  You will have to check the details of your claim, but your lawyer will help you with this.

Your claim will be investigated and managed by one of our specialist Japanese knotweed lawyers.

Japanese Knotweed Claims Ltd has developed excellent links with a number of firms who specialise in Japanese knotweed removal and treatment.  Not only will we contact them for the purposes of finding out how much your claim is worth, but also after you have received your compensation then we will put you in contact with them in order for them to remove/treat the Japanese knotweed on your property.

Your compensation will be paid when your claim is settled.

Most claims of this nature are settled without having to go to court. If your claim is straightforward and the other side agrees an amount of compensation, you probably won’t have to go to court.  Your lawyer will discuss this with you in more detail.

You won’t normally have to come to our office.  Japanese Knotweed Claims Ltd can handle your claim by phone and email.

Please see our ‘What is knotweed‘ page for more details on how to recognise Japanese knotweed.

Japanese knotweed is a pervasive and destructive weed which grows quickly and untreated can cause significant damage to gardens and houses. As a rule mortgage lenders will not lend against properties with a Japanese knotweed infestation and it can greatly reduce the value of your property. If Japanese knotweed has encroached from a neighbouring property or was present when you purchased the property we may be able to help you claim for the cost of treatment and diminution of value to your property.  We can help put you in touch with specialists who can treat the problem. Please see our ‘Problems created by Japanese knotweed‘ page for more details about what knotweed can do.

If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email us at info@japaneseknotweedclaims.com or call us on 0203 151 5205 for a knotweed legal advice.