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The desperate shortage of affordable housing in England

Posted on 16th September 2020 in Affordable Housing

This BBC News article brings acutely into focus the desperate shortage of affordable housing in England. In particular affordable rented properties.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Reactivation Notice & Possession Proceedings update

Posted on 16th September 2020 in Affordable Housing

Yesterday, the government released their own Reactivation Notice.  Also yesterday, the Master of the Rolls (the most senior judge in England), released the final version of the guidance to courts on how possession proceedings will resume and be conducted following the lifting of the stay.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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Possession Proceedings Update

Posted on 11th September 2020 in Affordable Housing

Following on from our latest update, there have been further restrictions on possession proceedings announced by the government overnight. 

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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Further Extension on Stay to Possession Proceedings

Posted on 21st August 2020 in Affordable Housing

We have been hearing rumblings, shortly before lunch time today, that the stay on possession proceedings was being extended.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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Possession claims during Covid

Posted on 30th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

With the stay in possession proceedings ending on 24 August 2020 there is renewed uncertainty for the future.

Posted by

Jenny Lloyd

Associate and Solicitor

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Face Coverings in court buildings

Posted on 29th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

As of Monday 27 July 2020, those attending Court buildings will be required to wear a face covering in the communal areas. This applies to lawyers, representatives of Landlords and to tenants.

Posted by

Jenny Lloyd

Associate and Solicitor

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Rural housing associations and their impact on local communities

Posted on 10th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

Rural communities have felt the impact of Coronavirus and lockdown often more dramatically than more urbanised areas. With local businesses being the main focus point for employment and community, the loss of income and closing of them has hit local people the hardest.

Posted by

Deborah Black

Partner and Solicitor

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Land Registry planning to accept electronic signatures

Posted on 10th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

Nearly two decades after the technology was approved in legislation, HM Land Registry has revealed plans to accept digital signatures to execute deeds.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Start on site date extended by 12 months by Homes England

Posted on 10th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

Robert Jenrick Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government announced this week that the deadline by which start on site must occur in order for grant to be successfully claimed under the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme (SOAHP) is to be extended by 12 months from end of March 2022 to end of March 2023.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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How the Green Homes Grant effects social housing

Posted on 09th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

The Green Homes Grant scheme sees the Government plan to provide households with up to £5,000 from September to make their homes more environmentally friendly.

Posted by

Deborah Black

Partner and Solicitor

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SDLT “Holiday” announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Posted on 08th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

On 8 July 2020 Chanceller Rishi Sunak announced a temporary increase in the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) threshold for residential property applicable to property transactions.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Social Housings recovery plans

Posted on 03rd July 2020 in Affordable Housing

In a speech on 30th June Boris Johnson launched his ‘build, build, build’ approach to social and economic recovery included a significant focus on housing.

Posted by

Catriona Yates

Associate and Solicitor