7th August 2020
Gently through the summer, equestrian events, from racing, eventing and polo to Pony Club activities and Fun Rides, have begun to take place again.
These activities are all subject to Covid regulations of course and there are no spectators as such. It is a great relief to all competitors, owners, trainers and those in the industry that the horses are now able to compete and work in their respective disciplines.
Butler Sherborn’s Head of Equestrian Property, Ben Way of Team Way Eventing comments – ‘We were lucky enough to be able to keep all of our horses in work during the Lockdown period which allowed us to get going straight... more
1st August 2020
BPS 2021 – Greening to no longer apply
From 2021, the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application process is to become simplified as the government plans to end the need to comply with the EU-delivered ‘greening requirements’ and begins the move towards the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS). This means that for next year’s BPS application, applicants will not need to comply with crop diversification or Ecological Focus Area (EFA) requirements, resulting in what we hope to be a more straight forward and less onerous... more
10th July 2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a Stamp Duty holiday, raising the level at which the tax becomes payable to £500,000. This means that you could now save several thousand pounds when purchasing your next home - making it the ideal time to buy.
On a property purchase of £500,000 or over, with the changes announced this week, you will save £15,000 in Stamp Duty costs.
Since the Chancellor’s announcement, Butler Sherborn has received an increase in enquiries, which have been directly attributable to this Stamp Duty Holiday.
Buyers will be keen to take advantage of this opportunity to save considerable sums on their purchase of a property.
10th July 2020
Ash trees are the third most common tree in Britain after oak and birch, with circa 80 million ash trees in the UK.
Ash Dieback, also known as Chalara, is caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (The fungus was previously called Chalara fraxinea, hence the name of the disease.) This fungus affects the vascular system of ash trees, inhibiting the tree’s ability to draw nutrients up into its upper branches. Young ash trees are killed very rapidly by the disease. Older trees often resist the disease for longer periods but will succumb with prolonged exposure.What to look for?... more
7th July 2020
"MOVING TO THE COUNTRY IS BACK IN VOGUE, ESPECIALLY IN THE COTSWOLDS”, SAYS SAM BUTLER OF BUTLER SHERBORN
Five great homes launched on the Cotswold market from £680,000 - £5.8millionPost-lockdown market comment
“There is huge interest in the Cotswolds, particularly from city dwellers looking for rural properties - everything from quaint cottages, village houses and country homes, especially if there is a bit of space outside and there’s the ability to work from home with fast broadband,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn, the Cotswolds property specialist.
Pindrup Moor Farm, Coln St Dennis - £5.8m
28th May 2020
From famine to feast is perhaps over-stating the case slightly, but it is certainly fair to say that we have had our hands very full in the last two weeks. Since the Prime Minister and Government elected to permit restricted movement (allowing our team to begin viewings and visits once more) we have been able to show properties again, albeit following strict distancing protocols and with everyone wearing the requested PPE.
This has been hugely welcome and much appreciated by... more
28th May 2020
On the 1st June 2019 the above Act came into force across England and introduced fundamental changes to the fees and charges that landlords, and/or letting agents, can seek to recover from a tenant.
Whilst the legislation applied to all new tenancies from 1st June 2019, it also includes all ongoing tenancies from the 1st June 2020.
What does this mean for your tenancy agreement that you have ongoing with your current tenant? In essence, the Act bans all... more
18th May 2020
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rental Sector (England) Regulations 2020
In January 2020 the Government announced the above regulations were being passed through Parliament and we can now confirm that these will come into effect from 1st June 2020.
The regulations apply to all new tenancies created from 1st July 2020 and for all ongoing and existing tenancies from 1st April 2021. The requirements are that private landlords must ensure that the Electrical Safety Standards are met in a residential property, during a tenancy... more
13th May 2020
“A week is a long time in politics” – so is a day! In the morning yesterday the Housing Secretary tells us no easing on estate agency and in the afternoon the Health Secretary amends the Covid-19 regulations that allow buyers, tenants and agents to travel to visit houses!
Accordingly we are now able to organise viewings and market appraisals and, importantly buyers and tenants know that they are now allowed to come and see houses and to resume their moving plans. ... more
12th May 2020
These remain difficult times for all and we hope everyone is staying safe and well. We are very conscious of people’s livelihoods.
The Housing Secretary confirmed after the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday on Covid-19 that the restrictions placed on house selling and renting were not to be eased. We continue to follow Government guidelines, despite our eagerness to “get back to work” for our clients and staff.... more
6th May 2020
“Pick For Britain”
Only a third of the seasonal pickers from oversees have arrived in the UK. To help ensure the UK fruit and vegetable harvest goes ahead, the government has launched their new website pickforbritain.org.uk. Farm businesses are being encouraged to post their job vacancies to help recruit the 80,000 seasonal agricultural workers needed. The government hopes that this could create an opportunity for... more
30th April 2020
It is hugely difficult, during these unprecedented times, to be able to make accurate forecasts for the future of the property market. Indeed it is very hard indeed to predict what life itself will look like in even a month's time for us all, as we adapt to what will be fundamental changes to life and how we live it.
Despite this uncertainty, at Butler Sherborn we have been working very hard to build and maintain as much momentum as we can, in preparation for these next... more
27th April 2020
As COVID19 continues to challenge us, there is increasing acknowledgement that, when restrictions ease, life must resume as quickly as possible and in as many ways as it can. Schools will re-open, ease of movement will return and businesses - and lives - will resume their old and maybe new patterns. For a significant number of you, previously-paused plans may be restarted.
Once you have taken the decision to sell then this must be decisive. ... more
21st April 2020
Rights of Way and Covid 19
Farmers and Landowners have, not surprisingly, seen an increase in the use of footpaths and bridleways as part of the publics permitted daily exercise during the Covid-19 lock down. Although a great resource for the public to be able to exercise in the countryside, it comes with additional risks to those who work in it, live in it and also those now exploring it.
Despite the temptation for farmers and landowners to block or obstruct a right of way... more
20th April 2020
This is usually the time of year when we announce any promotions, and this year is no different despite the extraordinary challenges for COVID-19. The Partners are therefore delighted to confirm that Sophie Keogh and Hennie Carter have been promoted to Associates.
Sophie is senior negotiator in our residential sales team in Cirencester with a level of energy, enthusiasm and organisation that makes her highly valued by those whose properties she is selling.
16th April 2020
The effects of the Covid-19 lockdown are proving a challenge for everyone and we do not underestimate those. There will be some of you who may want to sell your home and move when Government regulations allow; many have been in touch. So often we find a buyer at the right price, but then the sale stalls for lack of preparation; for example, a buyer’s solicitor unearths a problem with Listed Building Consent or some form of third party rights.
9th April 2020
Thinking of moving to the Cotswolds? Use this time to explore the towns and villages online to see where might suit you best...
· Sam Butler of the Cotswolds property specialist, Butler Sherborn says that people are already reappraising what’s important in life once Covid-19 passes
· ‘Home is where the heart is’ and the ‘quality of life’ will inform future property choices and lifestyle decisions
· Cotswold stone properties new to the market: Quenington House - the perfect ‘forever home’ - £2.65million, and One Hope Cottage, a great second home - £400,000
“Without in... more
6th April 2020
At the end of March 2020, the Government introduced the Coronavirus Act 2020, which outlines a number of temporary measures to help protect, from eviction, both private and social tenants, during the current coronavirus pandemic.
Notice Requiring Possession
Within the coronavirus legislation, the government has increased the notice period a landlord is required to give a tenant – from 2 months to 3 months’ notice of their... more
2nd April 2020
As one of many employees currently working from home this week, this query was brought into sharp focus when my boiler chose this of all weeks to make some very strange sounds, then shut down completely.
We needed heating and hot water; equally we must heed government instruction on social distancing and not visiting other people or dwellings. So where does this leave homeowners, and in particular Landlords and Tenants, who have this sort of problem with their property? ... more
31st March 2020
There are numerous ways to offer help and get involved, from lending a hand to local charities, to supporting the unstinting efforts of the NHS.
As a result of the recent Government initiative and call for volunteers, NHS England has seen an inspirational response from the public to become NHS Volunteer Responders.
This should not discourage anybody from coming forward to assist in local volunteer centres or locally based charities or indeed the NHS. ( NHS England Coronavirus volunteer) In these restricted times, it makes sense to contribute to the local community. Both Volunteering Matters (https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk... more