Following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s initial recommendations on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans, otherwise known as ‘PEEPs’, the Government ran a consultation on proposals for new legal requirements (to be imposed on owners and managers of multi-occupied high-rise residential buildings) to undertake PEEPs for residents in certain circumstances. The consultation also impacted on associated Government guidance on the issue.
On 22 March 2022 the Ombudsman published its latest spotlight report, examining landlords’ engagement with private freeholders and managing agents.
MHCLG has now published their guidance for the new housing possession mediation service, announced earlier this year.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Public Health England have jointly published guidance in respect of allocations and transfers during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
The Courts may be limited in their ability to progress possession claims following the general stay introduced by Practice Direction 51Z which took effect on 27 March 2020.
The Right to Rent Scheme requires landlords (including registered providers of social housing) to check the immigration status of tenants and potential tenants (and licensees).
On 31st October last year the Government published the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.
Devonshires has successfully resisted a further appeal on the application of Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (the Public Sector Equality Duty “PSED”) for Aldwyck Housing Group.
Registered Providers will welcome the decision of the Court of Appeal in this case, which examined the effect of a break clause in a fixed term tenancy which had incorporated a starter period of one year.
Devonshires represented L&Q Housing Trust in the High Court on a tenant’s appeal against a possession order granted in the County Court.