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Posted on 15 April 2019

New government plans that will see landlords unable to evict tenants at short notice, could lead to a lack of locally available rental property, says a Crook estate agency.

Edd Forster, property sales manager at Vickers & Barrass, which handles dozens of lettings across Weardale, was commenting on moves to protect renters from ‘unethical’ landlords and provide them with more long-term security.

Grant Funding Available
Posted on 27 March 2019

Hedgerow and Boundary Grant

Funding for:
• Planting new hedgerows
• Gapping up
• Stonewall restoration

Deadline- 3rd May 2019
Funding Available - £10,000 (maximum)

Posted on 13 February 2019
A controversial dispute by a Lanchester farming couple to transform their farming business has been won after revised plans got the green light. 

The news will see ambitions by local farmer Tony White and his wife Norma to have a permanent residential dwelling on their mixed arable and cattle enterprise come to fruition. 

Public rights of way- Know your rights!
Posted on 11 February 2019

Most land owners will have public rights of way (footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic) crossing their land and it is important to have an understanding of your rights and how to protect yourself from the consequences of the public deviating from designated routes.

Exam Success
Posted on 18 December 2018

Congratulations to Charlotte Burnett of our Crook office who has successfully achieved fellowship of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Charlotte specialises in a range of work including valuations, landlord and tenant matters, town and country planning and agricultural subsidies and grants.

Christmas Opening Times
Posted on 11 December 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the team at Vickers & Barrass Chartered Surveyors

Utility Companies - Your right for compensation
Posted on 13 November 2018

Has a Utility Company caused damage to your land? For example, when repairing a pylon or fixing a pipe?

It is a common misconception that negotiating a claim against the company yourself will avoid professional fees, as Utility Companies are obliged to pay for an agent to act on your behalf.

Exam Success
Posted on 25 October 2018

Congratulations to Laura Carrick of our Tow Law office who has successfully achieved chartered status and has become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Laura specialises in a range of professional work including town and country planning, purchase and sale, landlord and tenant matters and agricultural subsidies and grants. If you require assistance in any of these areas please do not hesitate to get in touch with Laura.

Our guide to a successful farm tender
Posted on 17 October 2018

Here in brief are some tips to creating the best Tender Application:

Personal Statement

A Personal Statement is a descriptive narrative written by the applicant explaining, the following:
  • Training, 
  • Qualifications, 
  • Work experience,
  • Involvement in clubs and societies
  • Any details land or property which you currently own or rent and advise whether it would be retained if you were successful.

Sell yourself in the best possible like as this gives the Landlord and their agent an overall image of who you are.

Basic Payment Scheme 2018 - Exchange rate confirmed
Posted on 02 October 2018

The exchange rate for BPS 2018 has been confirmed. This rate is set over an average of the exchange rate in the European Central Bank during September.

BPS 2018: € 1 = £0.89281

Claims will be at a very similar level to last year with a minor decrease of approximately 0.2% less than 2017.

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