Posted: 13/11/2014 at 07:55
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I wouldn't worry too much about the roots of a fig tree damaging the building, as long as the building was in a good state of repair to start with. I've seen lots growing against houses and brick walls etc, with no apparent damage. You may find that your neighbour's fig has been planted in some sort of container buried into the ground - it is usual practice to restrict the roots of a fig in order to improve it's fruiting.