Japanese Knotweed Solicitors; Broad-leaved Dock, Curled Dock, Common Ragwort, Spear Thistle and “Creeping or Field Thistle” Problems
Japanese Knotweed is an “invasive non-native species” but it is not alone in gaining this ignoble status. Other plants that have been identified by the Government as being harmful include the Broad-leaved Dock, Curled Dock, Common Ragwort, Spear Thistle and “Creeping or Field Thistle”.
You may find that you have purchased a property (either commercial or residential) that is blighted by Japanese knotweed. The maxim ‘buyer beware’ applies to property purchased in England and Wales which means that a buyer should investigate the property they are purchasing before parting with their money.
Despite the ‘buyer beware’ maxim there are strict rules in place regarding the sale and purchase of property where a property has a Japanese Knotweed problem and we can assist clients who find that they have purchased a property that suffers blighting from it, as well as Broad-leaved Dock, Curled Dock, Common Ragwort, Spear Thistle and “Creeping or Field Thistle”.
The treatment of the problem can be expensive and in some cases buyers only find out after completion that the property they purchased suffers from blighting. In these cases, the seller of the property may incur a civil liability for the loss the buyer suffers due to the buyer having to pay for the treatment of the invasive plant.
Civil liability for monetary loss can arise where a party has not been forthcoming with information on whether a property has a Japanese Knotweed infestation. When buying a property (whether commercial or residential) the seller should disclose whether there is a Japanese Knotweed infestation and whether steps have been taken for the treatment of the problem. The seller may be liable for monetary loss if they have provided inaccurate replies to pre-contract enquiries. If the answers provided by the seller do not match the reality ‘on the ground’ there may be a cause of action against the seller of the property if the buyer later incurs a monetary loss for the management and treatment of the problem.
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We have offices in London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford (all by appointment only), Leicester and our administrative office is in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
All correspondence and post should be sent to our Administrative office in Market Harborough and we shall not be liable in the event that correspondence is sent elsewhere.
We provide legal services all over England and Wales.
Alternatively, you can contact each of our offices on 020 3292 1306 (London); 0121 259 0005 (Birmingham); 01223 420252 (Cambridge); 01865 784098 (Oxford); 01858 414284 (Market Harborough); 0116 208 1495 (Leicester).