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Japanese Knotweed spreading from a neighbour’s garden

Home or property owners who allow Japanese Knotweed to spread, either through negligence or inaction, to neighbouring properties may be liable to pay damages, such as in the case of Williams and Waistell v Network Rail. Knotweed doesn’t actually have to cause any damages to our neighbour’s garden, the fact it has spread is enough cause for legal action. When considering Japanese Knotweed and the law, it is important that you do not allow the weed to impose on your neighbour’s property, or you will be liable.

Japanese Knotweed legal disputes

The case in question involved two neighbours in Maesteg, South Wales, Stephen Williams and Robin Waistell who owned adjoining bungalows backing on to Network Rail property. They first raised their concerns about the potential spread of the pernicious weed in 2013. It turns out the Japanese Knotweed had been there for over fifty years and the company had not done anything to prevent it from spreading.

In 2017, the plaintiffs were awarded £4,320 each to treat the Japanese Knotweed on their property. They were also awarded a further £10,000 to compensate them for reduced property value, which was withheld pending an appeal by Network Rail.

The two men were eventually awarded the full payment, under the judge’s stipulation that it was to compensate them for a reduced ability to enjoy their property, rather than any potential loss of value to the property. From this, it is clear that Japanese Knotweed and the law are not something that should be taken lightly, the damage and inconvenience caused can be colossal when left for a period of time.

Contact Japanese Knotweed Specialists to avoid legal disputes

As well as a range of removal methods including leaf spray herbicides, stem injection herbicides, excavations, and even root barriers solutions, we also offer a free, no-obligation assessment of Japanese Knotweed. Simply send us a photo, and we will let you know if you’re dealing with Japanese Knotweed or not, for all other removal issues, please get in touch with Japanese Knotweed Specialists.

We operate nationally around the UK including London, Manchester, Birmingham and the Midlands, South West England and South East England, Wales and Scotland.

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Speak to one of our knotweed removal specialists, and find out more information on Japanese Knotweed and the law now on 0800 122 3326