You may be able to claim for ‘subsidence’ (sinking) damage caused by coal mining, for example:
- structural damage to your house, which can start with cracked plaster and sticking doors
- ground collapse or other damage to your land
You may also be able to get compensation for what you spend on a surveyor if your claim is successful.
How to claim
You can claim for damage from the Coal Authority.
Find out if the damage is due to coal mining - a chartered surveyor can do this for you.
Download and fill in a damage notice form.
Send the form to the Coal Authority.
The Coal Authority
200 Lichfield Lane
What happens next
An engineer will inspect the damage.
If they agree with your claim, you’ll either get:
- the damage fixed
- compensation for the damage
How long it takes
You’ll usually get a decision on your claim within 90 days.
If you don’t agree with the decision
You can apply to the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) to review your claim if you don’t agree with the decision.
Apply under the Householder Arbitration Scheme if you’re the owner and claiming for a domestic property. It costs £96 plus VAT.
Otherwise apply under the General Arbitration Scheme.
Contact CEDR to find out how to apply.