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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.

Posted by

Deborah Black

Partner and Solicitor

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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.

Posted by

Deborah Black

Partner and Solicitor

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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

Deborah Black

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

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Affordable Housing legislation update

Posted on 10th March 2021 in Affordable Housing

Stephen Burtchaell, head of our Affordable Housing team, gives an update on the latest Housing laws.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Affordable Housing opportunities and challenges

Posted on 01st February 2021 in Affordable Housing

The biggest challenge over the next 12 months is the economic fall out from covid. We anticipate that many tenants/shared owners/leaseholders will fall into arrears with rent and services charged – some significantly so. 

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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Evicting tenants during lockdown

Posted on 14th January 2021 in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus Pandemic

On Friday 8 January 2021 the Government published new regulations further extending the ban on evictions.  The regulations (The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) England 2021) which we shall refer to as “the Regulations", came into effect yesterday and apply to England until 31 May 2021.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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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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Changes to Possession Claims due to Coronavirus

Posted on 10th September 2020 in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus Pandemic

After an eventful couple of weeks where the Government has made changes to housing legislation, we have taken time to reflect on these changes and asses where we are now.

Posted by

Jenny Lloyd

Associate and Solicitor