Statutory Blight Claims - Express Purchase


The Blight Notice procedure is a process by which you may bring forward the acquisition of your property, if it has become “blighted”.

In order to qualify to secure a Blight Notice, you must be one of the following:

  • A resident owner-occupier of a private dwelling
  • An owner-occupier of any business property where the Rateable Value does not exceed £36,000 (or £44,200 in respect to properties within Greater London)
  • An owner-occupier of an agricultural unit with at least six months occupation of the whole or part.
  • Certain mortgagees and personal representatives.
  • An owner-occupier is defined as a freeholder or lessee with at least three years unexpired term who has either occupied for at least six months or been in occupation for six months in the last 12 and the property has been unoccupied since vacant.
  • An investment property owner or developer is not entitled to serve a blight notice.

Should your property meet the criteria to serve a Blight Notice and this is accepted by HS2 Limited, you will be entitled to the unblighted value of your property, together with reasonable disturbance compensation including professional fees and Stamp Duty Land Tax.  As a result, the prospective compulsory purchase is brought forward. 

Roger Hannah & Co currently acts for a wide number of affected parties, both commercial and residential in respect to the drafting and serving of Blight Notices under the Express Purchase Scheme.

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