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Mark Ollier

Cap on Tenancy Deposits

Posted by Mark Ollier on June 20th 2019 in MOVING HOUSE .

Those involved in the rented sector should note that on residential tenancies, with effect from the 1st June 2019 there has been a cap on tenancy deposits.   The maximum deposit that can be taken is 5 weeks rent unless the annual rent is £50,000 or more when 6 weeks rent...

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Paul Watkins

Probate Registry delays cause more pain for families

Posted by Paul Watkins on June 14th 2019 in WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

Bereaved families who are suffering the loss of a loved one are now having to deal with the pain of the Probate Registry delays. One family commented to us:- "We really are at our wit's end and are worried that we may lose the buyer we have for mum's house. ...

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Mark Carlisle

Government publishes guidance on stopping harmful weeds

Posted by Mark Carlisle on June 3rd 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 20 May 2019, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance on stopping, disposing and reporting spreading harmful weeds on land that are used for grazing livestock or growing crops.

The guidance involves preventing ragwort (an injurious weed) by referring to the Code of Practice on...

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Mark Carlisle

Natural England revokes three general licences for control of wild birds

Posted by Mark Carlisle on April 26th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 25 April 2019, Natural England is revoking three general licences for controlling 16 species of wild birds, following a challenge by a new environmental NGO, Wild Justice (see Natural England press release, General licences for bird control: major changes to licensing requirements, 23 April 2019 and Wild Justice: Projects).

General...

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Natalie Tonkin

Probate fee increase – a stealth tax?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

Labelled a “steal tax” by critics, the current flat fee of £215 (or £155 if applying through a solicitor) for probate is set to increase from April 2019 as follows:-

  • Estates worth £50,000 up to £300,000 will pay £250, a rise of £35

  • Estates worth from £300,000 up to £500,000 will pay...

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Natalie Tonkin

The Residence Nil Rate Band – Do you benefit?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

From 6 April 2017, the Residence Nil Rate Band (“RNRB”) is available for estates of people who leave the interest in the family home to direct descendants (children, grandchildren and other lineal descendants and also includes, a husband, wife or civil partner of a lineal descendant, stepchildren, adopted children and...

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