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New Responsibilities for Landlords

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The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015  came into effect on 1st October. The regulations apply to existing, as well as to new, tenancies. Landlords must ensure that  during any period beginning on or after 1st October 2015...

Inheritance Tax (IHT) - Some of the Options

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Most of our clients prefer to avoid, or reduce, the IHT bill on their estates. Quite understandably, they would rather see their family benefit than the Chancellor. There are a number of ways to deal with the IHT liability. They tend to be variations on the...

Dartmoor Commons (again)

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Ancient rights over the Dartmoor commons include : Turbary – the right to take turf for fuel Pannage – the right to allow pigs to eat acorns and beech mast Estovers – the right to take underwood or branches for fuel and repairs For hill...

Flooding - Are You at Risk?

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The Environment Agency has recently published new maps allowing members of the public to discover more information about the risk of flooding to their property – a useful tool to anyone who currently owns or is thinking of buying a property. The maps...

SOMERSET COASTAL ACCESS REPORT

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MARINE AND COASTAL ACCESS ACT 2009 SOMERSET COASTAL ACCESS REPORT PUBLISHED ACTION REQUIRED BY MIDNIGHT 12 TH DECEMBER 2013 This Report... -Concerns a 90 kilometre stretch of coast path between Brean Down and Minehead; and -Sets out proposals for...

Keeping the Farm in the Family

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Most farmers hope to keep the farm in the family for the next generation. However, this raises a host of complex issues and it is perhaps natural, and therefore unsurprising, that they fail to grasp the nettle.  It is always easier to put off the...

Planning, Permitted Development

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Planning, permitted development, changes from 30 th May Some relaxation in planning restrictions comes into effect on 30 th May 2013 under the pithily titled Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order...

Farming - Protecting a Lifestyle

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Farmers plan the annual cycle of production in the expectation of a harvest later. As a farmer you regularly invest time and money today for a reward in many months’ time. Yet the irony is that you may not devote much time and thought to protecting the...

Kingsbridge Show competition update

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SHOW UPDATE Thank you to Kay Parker of Kingsbridge Show for judging the RDA / SWLaw  pony drawing competition. Thank you to those who contributed to the many entries in each of the age groups.  Congratulations to the following whose entries were...

Dartmoor Commons... Do You Have Unregistered Rights?

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More than 40 years after the Commons Registration Act 1965 came into effect, there remains a great deal of doubt, and potential for dispute, over rights of common. The Devon County Council, as commons registration authority, has made decisions recently in a...

Farmers and IHT

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Agricultural Property Relief is valuable to farmers in reducing the impact of Inheritance Tax (IHT) on their estates. The farmhouse, or other living accommodation, often gives rise to difficulties. In a recent case before the Upper Tribunal (Tax &...

Dartmoor Commons Decision

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Dartmoor Commons: Court of Appeal decision This is by way of update to a news item posted on 24th August on a case SWLaw Solicitors took to the Court of Appeal. Please refer to the earlier post  here . The Court of Appeal decision was handed down...

DEFRA's IT Probems...

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The  Western Morning News  reports today that DEFRA’s new computer system is “causing chaos to records on cattle tested for bovine tuberculosis” and that this is leading to the incorrect imposition of movement restrictions. ...

Dartmoor Commons

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A long-running dispute, which could have wide-ranging implications for commoners and landowners not only on Dartmoor but across the whole of England and Wales, came before the Court of Appeal yesterday (23rd August). For Dartmoor’s many moorland...