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Buying land with possessory title

Possessory title affects property where the seller’s title is based upon adverse possession (commonly known as squatting) or where title cannot be proven because the title deeds have been lost or destroyed. Acting for a client who is purchasing such a property where very little is known about it is never going to be as…
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Agricultural tenant workers – Are they there for life?

Offering accommodation to workers on your farm can be a convenient arrangement. However, the law is stacked in their favour and they could possibly live on your property indefinitely. Nevertheless, there are certain legal options for regaining possession. Is your tenant an agricultural worker? In order to ascertain what laws protect your tenant, you must…
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Building around neighbours and tenants

When thinking about developing your let Property, you must consider whether you can do so without infringing upon the rights of your neighbours and existing tenants. Right to quiet enjoyment – Most leases contain a covenant for quiet enjoyment of the Property. Therefore, Landlords must ensure that any development or building works do not interfere…
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Tenant Fees Act 2019

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 will come into force on the 1st June 2019. This Act aims to ban landlord and lettings agent fees paid by tenants in attempt to improve competition, fairness and affordability in the lettings sector. The Government has estimated that the Act will save tenants a total of £240 million a…
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Changes to Farming subsidies Post Brexit

Frank Smith & Co Solicitors is a specialist law firm operating in the centre of Cheltenham. We have first-hand knowledge in advising landowning and farming families. The Agricultural Bill was published in September 2018 and is expected to become law this spring. It is an integral part of the Government’s future planning for farming following…
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Avoid being stuck in a property chain

  Being stuck in a property chain, where you have made an offer on a new home but are struggling to sell your current home, can be very stressful. You may find yourself facing an ultimatum: proceed with the purchase or back out. In a situation like this, it can be helpful to seek advice…
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Illegal encampments

Unauthorised and illegal encampments can be a nightmare for land owners. In particular, sole traders with weak security can often be seen as soft targets for illegal encampments. Nevertheless, although illegal encampments can be difficult to deal with, the following advice can be of use: Land owners who have successfully removed unauthorised encampments from their…
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Festival of Remembrance 2018

On the 11thNovember 2018, we were honoured to attend the Cheltenham Festival of Remembrance at the Cheltenham Town Hall. At 7pm the Mayor of Cheltenham lit the Beacon as those who attended joined together to sing hymns and remember those who lost their lives in wars, with particular poignancy this year remembering the 100thanniversary of…
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