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Upcoming EPC changes to rental properties

The Government has published plans to change the minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating required for rental properties. The current regulations state that only properties with an EPC rating of A to E are legally allowed to be rented, and it is now being proposed that all rental properties will need an EPC rating of…
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Tied to the Mast

Landowners who accommodate mobile masts on their land have recently responded to a survey describing a substantial drop in received rental payments. Although something of an eyesore, not to mention an inconvenience, these masts were once a good source of income for landowners.  In recent years, however, the needs of the public have eclipsed the…
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Building Safety Act 2022 – Protecting Leaseholders from building safety costs

Leaseholder protections in the Building Safety Act came into force on 28 June 2022. It looks to deliver protections for qualifying leaseholders from the costs associated with remediating historical building safety defects, and further measures that will allow those responsible for building safety defects to be held to account. The Act makes it clear that…
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Does a mobile home have to be mobile?

Disputes between caravan owners and local council planning officials over the status of mobile homes are something of a longstanding concern. Are these caravans mobile homes or developments? Recently, in the Appeal of Sally Turner a lawful development certificate was refused by Canterbury council for siting a mobile home for use ancillary to the main…
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Grants Available for Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farmers and landowners are now able to apply for funding, through the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FIPL) programme, for one-off projects. If your proposed project delivers a fundable outcome for the climate, nature and people – you may be eligible for a grant. The programme has been developed by DEFRA with the support of AONB…
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Bird Flu Outbreaks

The Government has announced a poultry lockdown from the 7th November 2022 affecting all poultry and captive birds which will need to be housed until further notice.  This is in response to the biggest ever outbreak of Avian Flu.  Birds are required to be shut indoors and their keepers are to implement strict biosecurity measures…
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Capital Gains Tax on second homes

Tax implications, in respect of property, vary depending on numerous factors such as whether you are buying or selling and whether it is your main or secondary home. Generally, you won’t need to pay tax on the sale of your main home. However, second homes and buy-to-let properties are subject to Capital Gains Tax (CGT).…
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Welcome to our New Offices

We are delighted to welcome our clients and colleagues to our new offices: 18 Rodney Road, Cheltenham GL50 1JJ.  Located just off the High Street and close to John Lewis & Partners.  Metered on-street parking is available and in the nearby car parks.  A map showing our location is on our Contact Us page. A…
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Time for a Brew!

At Frank Smith & Co, we are proud to do our part to help the environment and support local farmers and businesses where we can. As such, we’ve done away with plastic milk containers for our teas and coffees and now opt for reusable glass bottles sourced locally from farms throughout Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.  
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Tied Dwellings

While the term originally applied to mainly cottages, tied dwellings encumber thousands of Properties throughout ruralUK, setting out limitations on who is lawfully permitted to occupy a dwelling. Throughout the 1st and 2nd World War, many residents from larger cities relocated to the countryside and resorted to the agricultural sector for a source of income. Workers often needed lodging, and a land owner would accommodate this requirement by renting out small cottages built on or around their Properties to their employees. By providing a dwelling to their workers, the…
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Tribute to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh 1921 – 2021 We join the British people in our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip was a proud supporter of British Farming; passionate about the countryside and…
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Paralegal Vacancy

Vacancy for Property Paralegal at Frank Smith & Co Solicitors The continued growth of our business has given rise to a vacancy for a paralegal in our law firm. We are looking for someone with a Law degree and either experience in property law matters or with the drive and ambition to gain good experience…
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