Seller loses £200,000 after buyer finds Japanese knotweed in garden

Japanese knotweed seen up close
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A furniture designer has successfully sued his home's previous owner for £200,000 after finding Japanese knotweed behind the garden shed.

Jonathan Downing purchased the property in Raynes Park, south west London, for £700,000 from chartered accountant Jeremy Henderson, 41, in August 2018.

Sam Webb

Sam is based in Coventry and has been a news reporter for nearly 20 years. His work has featured in the Mirror, The Sun, MailOnline, the Independent, and news outlets throughout the world.  As a copywriter, he has written for clients as diverse as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Halfords Autocentre, Great British Heating, and Irwin Industrial Tools. During the pandemic, he converted a van into a mini-camper and is currently planning to convert his shed into an office and Star Wars shrine.