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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards: Retrofitting Old Buildings

Posted: January 3, 2019 by Karen Kipling
Following on from the Government’s consultation on the proposed amendments to The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have published their response.  Subject to approval by Parliament, these amendments will introduce a landlord contribution, capped at £3,500 as well as removing a number ... Continue Reading

Getting your garden ready for house viewings

Posted: January 2, 2019 by Karen Kipling
Is the outside of your house just as important as the inside? Catherine Greaves gives her opinion on this topic! In my eyes, ensuring that your property looks fantastic indoors is always important, but it is also crucial to make sure your garden has that wow factor, which during these winter months can be a ... Continue Reading

Deadlines Approaching for Annual Inventory Forms & BPS Key Dates

Posted: December 24, 2018 by Karen Kipling
31 December 2018 Deadline for returning the sheep and goat annual inventory forms that you should receive in the post (along with a pre-paid envelope) or via email from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) at the end of November. (SMR 8) 1 January 2019 You can apply organic manure with a ... Continue Reading

Key Dates Approaching

Posted: December 17, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Any landowners with expiring HLS agreements for 2019, should have recently received a letter from Natural England, asking if they want to extend their HLS agreement. Natural England will need to receive Expressions of Interest to extend ASAP, and they are hoping to have all these in this year or at the latest by mid-January ... Continue Reading

BPS Claim Statements Now Arriving!

Posted: by Karen Kipling
It is important, when you receive your claim, that you check carefully to make sure you have been paid correctly. You will need to check whether any penalties have been levied on your claim (as this is likely to be the first you will have been made aware of this) and whether you have been ... Continue Reading

MRICS Success!

Posted: December 4, 2018 by Karen Kipling
James Scott of our Professional Services team, has recently achieved great success in becoming a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. James joined GSC Grays in 2016 from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and is currently based in our Barnard Castle office, where he principally assists on Planning & Development projects. Calum Gillhespy, ... Continue Reading


Posted: November 29, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Getting the most out of all viewings in extremely important so Catherine Greaves has put together some advice to help prepare you and your home for buyers making a visit. A picture speaks a thousand words! When a buyer looks at your property online or at the bespoke brochure we have prepared, this is their ... Continue Reading

Sewage Pipes on Private Land – Are you insured?

Posted: November 26, 2018 by Karen Kipling
It is a common feature for land and property on the edge of towns and villages to be crossed by sewage pipes serving the local area. As this equipment is often owned and maintained by the local water authority most landowners would be forgiven for thinking they don’t have to worry if something goes wrong ... Continue Reading