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Are you up to date with CIL?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was adopted by Cornwall Council earlier this year, and charging will commence from 1 January 2019. CIL is a development land tax which is set at a local level and recovered by the Local Planning Authority (LPA). It will primarily apply to new build properties (which are not self-builds). CIL… Read more »

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Stamp Duty for First Time Buyers

Are you a first-time buyer? It is likely that you will benefit from the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) relief granted to first time buyers in the latest budget. This is a well welcomed relief for first-time buyers trying to get onto the property ladder. First time buyers paying less then £300,000 for a residential… Read more »

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Charles French & Co Opens Newquay Office

We are delighted to announce that the firm has expanded and opened a Newquay Office. The firm was originally established with two members of staff in Truro in 2007. The last 10 years have seen the firm expand. Charles French & Co now employs 30 staff with offices in Truro, St Austell, Mevagissey and now, Newquay…. Read more »

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Residential Service Charges: Reasonableness is the Limit

The majority of Leases of residential flats contain a service charge, to cover the costs incurred by the Landlord in providing ‘services’. These services often include repairs, maintenance and insurance of the main building or estate (of which the flat forms part). While the Lease will set out in detail those items which can be… Read more »

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Fancy a Break? A Warning to Tenants

When leases are negotiated, a tenant will often seek to include a break clause so that the lease may be brought to an end before the contractual term expires, affording the tenant some flexibility should unknown future business needs demand it.  Landlord’s are often willing to agree a tenant’s break clause in order to encourage them… Read more »

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New Associates at Charles French & Co

Charles French & Co is pleased to announce that Ben Birkett and Nicola Harrison have now been promoted to Associates of the Firm. Ben Birkett, who joined the firm in 2010, works in both the Residential Property and Commercial Property Departments. Ben is based in the St Austell Office and is an Associate of the… Read more »

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Charles French & Co appoint a new Director!

We are pleased to announce that Kathy Carr is to be appointed Head of Residential Property and becomes a Director of the firm from 1 September 2016 Kathy joined the firm in October 2014 and is a member of the Council for Licenced Conveyancers.   Kathy carries out a wide range of residential conveyancing work, including… Read more »

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You’re never too young to make a Will

Charles French & Co are proud participants in Cornwall Hospice Care’s ‘Make A Will Week’ which gives you the opportunity to write or update your Will in return for a charitable donation. Making a Will is often something people start to think about later in life. Research has revealed that 73% of 16-54 year olds do… Read more »

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A Continued Focus on Energy Efficiency

It is a legal requirement for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to be produced when a property is sold or rented out (it should be obtained before the property is marketed). EPCs show the energy efficiency of a building and must also include recommendations for cost-effective improvements that could be made to the property to… Read more »

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FIRST TIME BUYERS – HELP TO BUY: ISA

At Charles French and Co, we realise that buying a house can be stressful for anyone, not least for First Time Buyers and that it is not just about finding that perfect home but, financing it and choosing the best of many schemes that may be available to you. The latest of these schemes that… Read more »

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