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  1. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    I don’t know the full story of the owl box. Apparently an owl nested there last year and this week the gardener decided to climb a ladder and clear out the box only to be surprised by two greys rushing out! This sighting was then reported on our system and is in my colleagues patch. Whether the greys return, remains to be seen, it may turn out that it is the same pair that were shot and trappped yesterday. It is all within a few hundred yards of each other.
  2. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    Just one for me today, a large male shot on feeder in a Red supporters garden. His mate made a quick getaway but I suspect it was caught an hour later by one of my colleagues, who trapped one in a neighbouring garden. Time will tell. The same colleague now has to deal with two greys elsewhere that has taken over an owl box. Unfortunately I don’t know what has happened to the owl. Total 74
  3. Sciurus

    squirrel control

    Thanks Kev, I think this is the first time I have ever seen an interesting article in the Guardian and pro culling as well!
  4. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    Walker, they do generally seem to be in twos. If I spot one with the thermal, inevitably as I creep up, another rushes out from nowhere, then it’s a waiting game until one stops in range of the air rifle. Had a few cases of zombie greys recently, they are certainly tough critters!
  5. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    A better day for me with 3. Two at the hotel and one at caravan park- all running and hiding about in the trees. Total 63
  6. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    1 on feeder for me from the Hotel but there were 2 more playing hide and seek in the Oaks. 57
  7. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    Just one unwelcome guest at the hotel, stuffing himself at the all day breakfast bar! 45
  8. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    Today, 2 more checked out of the 5 Star Hotel, but paid full price. Total 35
  9. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    Three today, 2 shot on feeders at local hotel and 1 trapped at the caravan park. Total 32
  10. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    Two today at local caravan site, probably the two that dodged Mice and myself the other day. Note the roe quietly grazing behind. Total 25
  11. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    Mice, A good walkabout, shame it was a bit too cool and the greys stayed indoors, but at least there was time for a bit of deer spotting!
  12. Sciurus

    How many Grey Squirrels are killed in 2019

    I wacked two this morning but found it difficult to stack em!Total 6
  13. Sciurus

    Wisdom required

    Nabbers, A great story. With your luck you might see the mini pickup at a classic car show, they are worth a fortune!
  14. Sciurus

    Shooting related New Year's Resolutions?

    I agree. Definitely shoot more squirrels!
  15. I had this problem earlier this year and simply transferred half my interest in a BTL to my wife byway of an Assignment of Beneficial interest document. My legal fees were £300 + vat. We now own the property 50/50, no SDLT is payable on transfer between spouses (as long as you don’t make your wife pay for it). The bonus is when we sell it, both of us will be entitled to use our CGT allowance. The annual income tax return is very simple. For me, it was a no brainier. HOWEVER, we owned the house outright with no mortgage. Your situation is a bit more complicated. Your lender has a legal interest in your BTL, You can’t just give away half the property without their agreement. However I don’t see why you cannot ask the lender if your wife could be included in the mortgage, but you continue to actually pay the mortgage. Obviously, there will be some arrangement and legal fees, but they shouldn’t be prohibitive. Other suggestions have been to form a limited company or put it in a pension wrapper. Traditionally, it wasn’t worth forming a limited company if there was only one property. The conditions and overheads are quite onerous (possibly even subject to SDLT) and the costs outweigh the benefits. Now that interest relief is being reduced to zero, the situation might be different. Specific financial advice would be needed. I have little knowledge of Pension wrappers, however, they will be expensive to set up and if my memory serves me correctly you might also be subject to SDLT. Again, specialist advice is needed. If your financial affairs are straight forward, I would be surprised if your accountant recommended anything but a simple gift of half the property your wife. Now is the perfect time to get it all sorted ready for the new tax year in April.
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