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    Estate agents warned over growing menace of bamboo

    Environet reports a 55% annual increase in enquiries for bamboo removal relating to property transactions between June and December 2023.

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    Japanese Knotweed hotspots revealed

    Bolton, Bristol and St Helens in Merseyside are among the top 10 worst affected locations in the UK for Japanese Knotweed growth.

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    Knotweed: Buyers getting litigious if problems aren’t revealed in TA6 form, agents warned

    The UK’s leading Japanese knotweed eradication specialist has warned estate agents and conveyancers that they face an increased likelihood of being involved in litigation as incidents of properties being affected by the problem increase. Environet says the increasing cost of eradication and the affect it can have on a home’s value mean 70% of buyers say they’d now sue if knotweed is not declared either by the agent or in the TA6 conveyancing form when purchasing a property. The form was introduced by the Law Society recently to force vendors to disclose knotweed problem or face the consequences. The Woking, Surrey-based consultancy also says public awareness of the damage that knotweed can cause is now widespread; its research shows that 80% of the 2,000 it polled saying they were aware of the problem. A TA6 is completed as a standard part of the conveyancing process and asks a specific question about Japanese knotweed. Under current legislation, sellers who knowingly fail to declare the plant’s presence can be sued for misrepresentation, meaning the buyer can seek compensation for reduction in the property’s value, if it can be proven that the plant was present at the time of the sale. Also, under…

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