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How can you deal with illegal or unauthorised encampments?

Posted on 20th July 2021 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Parks, Affordable Housing

As we move into the school holidays, we are seeing an increase in instructions for removing unauthorised encampments from land. Given the lack of affordable housing, traveller sites and, now, holiday accommodation in hot spot areas, we expect to see a big rise in unauthorised encampments across popular visitor sites.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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New Notices and Notice Periods

Posted on 04th June 2021 in Affordable Housing

Following the continued support for tenants from the Government as Covid restrictions ease, the new notice periods have now come into force.

Posted by

Megan Andrews

Paralegal

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Court Fee increase for possession claims

Posted on 25th May 2021 in Affordable Housing

From 18 May 2021 there will be an increase in the Court fee payable for the issue of an online possession claim through the possession claims online portal.

Posted by

Jenny Lloyd

Associate and Solicitor

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New National Model Design Code gives councils funding boost to develop locally-led beautiful developments

Posted on 24th May 2021 in Planning and Licensing, Affordable Housing

Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher has announced that a new National Model Design Code (NMDC) is being tested to make sure new developments are well-designed, fit in with local character and are locally-led.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Continued support for tenants as Covid restrictions ease

Posted on 13th May 2021 in Affordable Housing

On 12 May 2021, the government announced that “tenants will continue to be supported as national COVID-10 restrictions ease”.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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Changes to section 8 notice for evictions

Posted on 12th May 2021 in Property Litigation, Affordable Housing

A new Form 3 (the section 8 notice) came into force on 4 May 2021. There is no new information to be inserted on the form but you should be alert to the following:

Posted by

Leah Joyner

Paralegal

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What are debt moratoriums

Posted on 12th May 2021 in Property Litigation, Affordable Housing

The 2020 Regulations will apply to most debts accrued before or after 4 May 2021 which include arrears of rent, whether that be due to benefits being used for something other than housing, there is an issue with a tenant’s benefits claim or a temporary reduction in income caused by Covid-19.

Posted by

Leah Joyner

Paralegal

Insights

New residential developer tax

Posted on 30th April 2021 in Affordable Housing

The proposed design of a new tax on the largest residential property developers set to raise at least £2 billion to help contribute to the cost of cladding remediation work was announced by the government. Ministers announced the new tax in February as part of a £5 billion package of remediation of unsafe cladding on high-rise residential buildings, alongside wider support.

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Government launches new ‘Help to Build’ scheme

Posted on 26th April 2021 in Affordable Housing

For many homebuyers, the idea of building your own home may seem an unrealistic prospect. Difficulties obtaining mortgage finance and a lack of funds for upfront costs mean that perhaps in the past this has been an option limited to wealthier buyers.

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New Housing Possession Mediation Service

Posted on 19th April 2021 in Affordable Housing

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (‘ADR’) where an independent person, the mediator, helps both sides of a dispute come to an agreement. 

Posted by

Jessica Whittick

Trainee Solicitor

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Homes England launches partnerships bidding for affordable homes grant funding

Posted on 09th April 2021 in Affordable Housing

With Homes England opening bidding for new strategic partnerships as part of the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme (2021-2026), it is a pivotal time for affordable housing providers planning their development programmes for the next 5 years. Bidders have until noon on 18 May 2021 to submit their proposal online.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Notice Periods and Eviction Extension update

Posted on 11th March 2021 in Affordable Housing

Yesterday, the government released the following update: The ban on bailiffs enforcing possession orders by warrants and writs is extended to 31 May 2021.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor