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Couple forced to demolish home due to Japanese knotweed invasion

Published on by Dr Paul Beckett

A story in the Daily Mail reports that a couple from Hertfordshire were forced to demolish their £300,000, four-bed home after it was significantly affected by Japanese knotweed growth. The cost of their new-build home was said to have dropped from £305,000 to just £50,000 as a result of the damaging effects of knotweed, on top of which the house was built. The couple are suing the solicitors who were dealing with the purchase of the property. Whatever you think of this story, it’s a frightening illustration that Japanese knotweed is a significant problem that needs to be recognised and professionally dealt with from an early stage of the development cycle.

About the author: Dr Paul Beckett

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Dr Paul Beckett is one of the UK’s leading experts in Japanese knotweed and is a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He regularly provides Japanese knotweed expert witness services. He helped produce the RICS knotweed guidance for surveyors and was integral in the formation of the Property Care Association (PCA) Invasive Weed Control Group (IWCG).

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