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Knotty problem for buyers, says expert.

MIDLAND homebuyers and sellers have been warned to check for Japanese Knotweed plant in gardens, or risk criminal prosecution.

The advice comes from Lodders' Stratford-based residential property lawyer Alison Wacey who said the Government had announced new measures over the problem.

People who fail to identify, destroy and remove the nonnative plants from their property could face a criminal prosecution and be fined up to PS2,500 or be given an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO). Alison Wacey, a partner at Stratford on Avon firm Lodders Solicitors, said: "Checking for Japanese Knotweed and other prolific, invasive plants should be regarded with similar importance as checking for signs of damp or a faulty roof at a property."

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Date:Jan 5, 2015
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