This guidance note has been updated to reflect the proposed changes government is consulting on making to the MEES regulations.
England & Wales
The CLA's response to the Government's consultation on a tenant's right to a telecommunication service (broadband) focuses on the need to achieve a balance between the needs of operators and the rights of landlords. In the event of an absentee landlord, operators should have the right of access but which is legally controlled. As important, is the need to put in place an effective process of engagement between the operator and the landlord to ensure access to communication services as well as achieving an ongoing and transparent dialogue.
The CLA has negotiated a comprehensive national telecoms wayleave framework that sets new rates and provides templates for members to use when negotiating with Openreach and alternative network providers of fibre optic cabling for broadband. This framework revises previous agreements in 2010 and 2012 and complies with the Electronic Communications Code 2017.
As the Government drives to improve infrastructure in the form of roads, rail, bridges and tunnels many landowners will face having their land bought through compulsory purchase.
The CLA has responded to a Defra consultation on future changes to the system of geographic indication for certain products. The EU protected status regime provides a market legitimacy and advantage to certain products that have either Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or Protected Geographic Indication status. The CLA has sought clarification from Defra that a UK protected status regime when it leaves the EU will afford the same protection that currently exists within the EU market and with a number of third countries.
The CLA has responded to a consultation from the Department for International Trade (DIT) that seeks views on the advantages and disadvantages on potential bilateral trade deals post Brexit with countries such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The CLA has made clear that the main potential advantage would be the creation of a tariff free structure whereas a significant disadvantage to UK interests would be the ability of a third country to export products to the UK that failed to match the UK's high animal welfare and food safety standard.
Farmers, growers, processors and industry representatives have being asked for their views on the role of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The AHDB is a UK statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. As the UK leaves the EU, there is an opportunity to ensure that the sectors that the AHDB cover are as competitive as possible. Please see CLA's response to the request for views covering governance, activities, structure and funding.
If you have a company or limited liability partnership that owns a farmhouse, employee accommodation or other let residential property you may be liable for annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED).
This was a Historic England consultation on draft advice on the insurance of historic buildings, aimed at owners, professionals, and others. The CLA response welcomes the intention to publish advice (there was a consultation on this in 2008, but no advice was then published), but suggests some changes to make it clearer and more helpful.
The Government has sought a consultation on its proposal to end access to the export tariff for renewable electricity generation which is sent to the grid.