Charles French & Co Opens Newquay Office

Posted: 11/05/2017

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. Director, Charles French, said: “We are delighted to be able to launch a new office in Newquay this year, marking a period of sustained growth... Read More »

Residential Service Charges: Reasonableness is the Limit

Posted: 28/03/2017

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 recharged by the Landlord, residential service charges are subject to statutory restrictions. In particular, service charges are payable ‘only to the extent that they are... Read More »

Fancy a Break? A Warning to Tenants

Posted: 10/01/2017

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 to take a lease of the property. Tenants have long been advised to seek legal advice before exercising a break clause. While the specific terms... Read More »

New Associates at Charles French & Co

Posted: 04/01/2017

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 Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Nicola Harrison is also based in the St Austell Office and began working for the firm in 2013. Nicola is... Read More »

Charles French & Co appoint a new Director!

Posted: 16/08/2016

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 buying and selling high value residential and leasehold property, as well as equity release transactions.  With over 30 years’ property experience in Cornwall, Kathy is... Read More »

You’re never too young to make a Will

Posted: 18/05/2016

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 not have a Will. In the event that someone dies without a Will then what happens to their property is determined by the Government under... Read More »

A Continued Focus on Energy Efficiency

Posted: 22/04/2016

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 improve its energy efficiency. The government initiative behind EPCs is to incentivise property owners or occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. On... Read More »


Posted: 26/01/2016

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 the government has introduced is the “Help to Buy: ISA” specifically for first time buyers.    The scheme has been available since 1st December 2015 and... Read More »

Changes to house buying costs – stamp duty increases from April 2016

Posted: 18/01/2016

Autumn 2015 saw George Osborne make further changes to stamp duty land tax (SDLT), which is payable on the purchase of property in England and Wales. From 1 April 2016, higher rates of stamp duty will be charged on second homes, including buy-to-let properties. The additional tax raised will be used fund affordable housing initiatives, and reflects current government housing policy to encourage first time buyers. The rate of SDLT charged on second homes will vary depending on the purchase price... Read More »

Court warns against leaving things to the last minute

Posted: 05/01/2016

Parties were warned of the risk of leaving things until the last minute when the court dismissed an appeal against an order refusing extension of time for service of the claim form and particulars of claim. The Claimant in Price v Egbert H Taylor & Company Ltd had previously obtained two extensions of time for service of the claim form and particulars of claim.  The Claimant then applied for a third extension five days before the expiry of the extended... Read More »