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Scottish Basic Payment Scheme Update 2024

Basic Payment Scheme 2024 The Basic Payment Scheme 2024 continues as per previous years, and payments remain unchanged. Basic Payment Scheme 2025 The Basic Payment Scheme 2025 payments will be unchanged, although...
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Heat in Buildings Bill: Proposed Energy Efficiency Standards for Properties

For the last 10 years, there has been much debate about proposed changes to EPC ratings. These previous proposals included the requirement for all properties within the private rented sector (PRS) to...
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Proposed New Deal for Tenants

As part of the Scottish Government’s comprehensive vision for housing in Scotland up to 2040 outlined in the ‘Housing to 2040’ initiative, efforts are underway to enhance the functionality of the rented...
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Changes to the Repairing Standards for Private Rented Sector March 2024

All landlords in the Private Rented Sector in Scotland are required to adhere to housing legislation and ensure their property complies with both the Tolerable Standards and the Repairing Standards. From the...
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Short-Term Let Legislation: Deadlines & Requirements

In February 2022, new short-term let legislation was passed in the Scottish Parliament, requiring all short-term let landlords to have a license as part of the Government’s plan to tackle the increase...
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Appointment of new directors as leading rural surveyors continue growth

Following a busy 2022 with the acquisition of two new companies and company expansion throughout Scotland, FBRSeed is delighted to announce they have recently appointed three long-standing members of the team as...
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Business Acquisition – Ogilvy Chalmers

The FBRSeed team is delighted to announce their recent acquisition of Haddington-based firm, Ogilvy Chalmers. Previously owned by Francis Ogilvy, the company had a great reputation within the rural surveying and architecture...
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Changes to Red Diesel Rules

From the 1st of April 2022, the rules that govern Red Diesel use will change. This change in government policy is part of a move towards net-zero by 2050. The government will...
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New Short-Term Let Legislation Passed

Rural Scottish businesses are set to bear the brunt of the consequences of the Scottish Government’s new short-term let legislation. Landlords of all short-term let properties will be required to have licences...
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Ask the Experts: Property Market Overview

Having been involved in countless valuations, farm and property sales, and land development, the past 18 months has not only been one of the busiest times for the team but one of...
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Selling your Land for Forestry

Climate change has never been more in the spotlight than now, with the COP26 conference in Glasgow in early November. The world is trying to prepare for huge, yet still unknown changes...
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The future of rural business in the South of Scotland: The Scottish Land and Estates Podcast.

We are delighted to share our episode from ScotLand Matters: The Scottish Land and Estates Podcast. Our managing director, David Seed, speaks alongside Scottish Land and Estates’s CEO Sarah-Jane Laing and Professor...
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All together again at Rose Lane

Following the merge of FBR and Seed & Co in the summer of 2019, we are delighted to have made the big move into our new Rose Lane office. Despite Covid slowing...
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Expansion up the East Coast

Like the majority of businesses across the UK, our team have been mainly working from home since the Coronavirus pandemic began last spring. After a short time adjusting to our new working...
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Diversification into agritourism – OnFarm Podcast

We are delighted to share our episode from the OnFarm podcast. Speaking alongside Douglas Home & Co Chartered Accountants, our Managing Director, David Seed, discusses agritourism, diversification and the predicted staycation boom....
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Ringing the changes in the Private Rented Sector

There have been many changes in the private rented sector over the last few years. Our property department manage multiple properties across the country; therefore, they have a clear understanding of what...
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Relinquishment and Assignation Legislation for Tenant Farmers

The highly anticipated Relinquishment and Assignation Legislation from the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 finally came into force on the 28th February 2021. After five years of waiting for the legislation to...
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Top tips for your property portfolio

Property management has definitely seen its fair share of challenges since the covid-19 pandemic began. Over the past 12 months property owners have had to stay on the ball as restrictions that...
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2021 – The year of the staycation boom?

Following the first coronavirus lockdown, it was predicted that staycations would increase in the summer of 2020. There was a rise of Brits holidaying at home, but it is thought that 2021...
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SBC Local Development Plan – Time is running out to submit a representation!

The Scottish Borders Council released their Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) in November and are welcoming representations until the 25th of January. This document sets out land use proposals and planning policies...
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New Year, New Opportunities

The team at FBR Seed pride itself in helping rural clients to make the most of every business opportunity. As we enter a new year, despite the incredibly difficult challenges we faced...
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Property Guidance During The 2021 Lockdown

As we enter 2021, we have also entered a new lockdown across the UK due to the covid-19 pandemic. After a challenging few months with multiple restriction changes, our team are in...
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