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Japanese Knotweed: a warning

Landlords are being warned to keep a close eye on the gardens of their rental homes after it was revealed homeowners will be able to sue their neighbours for damages if Japanese Knotweed grows onto their land.

In a landmark court ruling neighbours Stephen Williams & Robin Waistell were each awarded £15,000 last year after knotweed spread from Network Rail land onto their gardens.

Network Rail appealed against the ruling at the Court of Appeal,but were told the men, of Maesteg, Wales, will keep the money.

The court ruled that Japanese Knotweed is a ‘nuisance’ and ‘natural hazard’ that landowners must keep under control or pay the price.

Network Rail lawyers warned that victory for the neighbours could trigger an avalanche of similar damages claims.

In a special feature on Japanese Knotweed in RLA magazine Residential Property Investor last year we warned of the dangers of the invasive plant.

Check out your responsibilities – and what to do if you find Japanese Knotweed on your property here.

For more information on your rights and responsibilities when it comes to the gardens of your rental properties – and those of your tenants – check out this blog from RLA partner TDS, first featured in RPI magazine.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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