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Private management of Affordable Rented Housing

Posted on 05th January 2022 in Affordable Housing

In a recent planning appeal relating to the proposed development of 115 privately rented dwellings the Inspector found that the private management of the affordable units rather than management by a Registered Provider did not conflict with the development plan and so allowed the appeal. 

Posted by

Alex McKerron

Chartered Legal Executive

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Extension of shared ownership leases by existing owners

Posted on 22nd December 2021 in Affordable Housing

Government proposals to reform the shared ownership model include all new leases being granted for 990 years instead of the current 99 or 125 years.

Posted by

Megan Lindsay-Bush

Solicitor

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Case regarding a Registered Provider’s liability for CIL, it intended to include more affordable housing than the limit set out in the existing s.106 Agreement

Posted on 13th December 2021 in Affordable Housing

In this High Court case the judge stated that "whilst affordable housing is generally desirable in policy terms, it does not follow that more affordable housing is always desirable without limit".

Posted by

Alex McKerron

Chartered Legal Executive

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West Devon housing tenants could receive money if they downsize

Posted on 13th December 2021 in Affordable Housing

West Devon Borough have backed the move of giving those living in rented properties thousands of pounds if they downsize. The aim is to tackle a shortage of affordable housing for families.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Draft legislation for residential property developer tax updated to include exemption for non-profit housing companies

Posted on 08th November 2021 in Affordable Housing

On 8 October 2021, the government updated the draft legislation for the residential property developer tax (RPDT), which is to apply from 1 April 2022, to include an exemption for non-profit housing companies.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Should you extend your shared ownership lease now or wait?

Posted on 28th October 2021 in Affordable Housing

Government proposals to reform the shared ownership model include all new leases being granted for 990 years instead of the current 99 or 125 years.

Posted by

Megan Lindsay-Bush

Solicitor

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Amending Building Regulations and new approved document require electric vehicle charge points in new buildings

Posted on 25th October 2021 in Affordable Housing

The Building Regulations etc (Amendment) (England) (No 2) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/1392) were laid before Parliament on 15 December 2021 and come into force on 15 June 2022.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Housing clients will see Court Fees Increase from 30 September 2021

Posted on 12th October 2021 in Affordable Housing

From 30 September 2021 certain Civil and Family Court fees in England and Wales have increased. The reason for the increase? Largely, to keep fees in line with inflation.

Posted by

Megan Andrews

Paralegal

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Environment Bill receives Royal Assent and becomes Environment Act 2021

Posted on 11th October 2021 in Affordable Housing

On the 9 September 2021 the Environment Act 2021 became law and includes provisions to establish a set of statutory environmental principles and ensure environmental governance through an environmental watchdog, the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP). It also includes environmental provisions relating to waste, air, water and biodiversity.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Notice periods revert for residential landlords seeking possession

Posted on 05th October 2021 in Affordable Housing

Residential landlords will be able to seek possession on pre-pandemic notice periods from 1 October 2021, but need to keep alert to changes as economic or public health challenges may see timelines extended once again to protect tenants. 

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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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

Senior Associate & 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