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What types of work do CAAV members usually advise upon?

CAAV members provide clients with professional advice and valuation expertise on a wide range of issues affecting the countryside.

They must have a wide knowledge of country life, understand the relevant law, keep abreast of government regulations and have a strong sense of practicality in times when there are many new or increasing pressures on and opportunities in the countryside, at all times dealing professionally on behalf of clients.

Types of work often include:

  • Agency and management – the sale, purchase, valuation, mortgage and letting of farms, estates, houses, commercial premises and land
  • Valuations and taxation – advice and valuation for rural taxation and finance, including capital gains tax, income and corporation tax and inheritance tax
  • Scheme applications and advice – Single Payment Scheme, Less Favoured Area support, agri-environment schemes including Environmental Stewardship and Glastir, other Rural Development Programme schemes, woodland schemes, SSSIs, waste management and NVZs
  • Agriculture – stocktaking valuations; livestock, machinery and equipment auctions; milk quotas; contract farming arrangements and grazing licences
  • Landlord and tenant matters – agricultural tenancies (under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 in England and Wales, or the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Acts 1991 and 2003 in Scotland), commercial and residential lettings
  • Compulsory purchase and other compensation claims – including water and gas pipelines, road and rail schemes and electricity wayleaves
  • Rural planning and development – advice, applications and appeals
  • Rural diversification – advice, grant applications, planning issues
  • Renewable energy – wind, biofuels, biomass, water
  • Telecommunications masts and broadband cables – advice on agreements
  • Arbitration and dispute resolution – dispute settlements, mediation, independent expert, evidence preparation and hearings.

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