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Spotlight on….Ben Tarbard
Our new spotlight series gives an insight into the diverse people that work for Devonshires. Here Ben Tarbard talks about switching from General Office Clerk to Paralegal and his plans to become a Chartered Legal Executive.  
Are you following the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims?
On 1 October 2017 the new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims came into effect.
Labour’s Social Housing Green Paper Praises Efforts Made by Housing Associations
Labour’s social housing green paper, released last week, praises the effort Housing Associations have put into delivering affordable housing under increasingly difficult circumstances.
Social Housing: 10 Challenges Facing Registered Providers
Following one of the sector’s most eventful years, registered providers (RPs) continue to face many hurdles.
Homelessness Reduction Act 2017
Local Authorities currently have statutory duties to those who are homeless, eligible and in priority need.
Theresa May’s housing speech: does it go far enough?
Theresa May’s keynote speech on tackling the housing crisis was peppered with bold statements but do they go far enough?
Southern Housing Group has become the latest RP to exit from the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS)
As has recently been reported in the Housing press, Southern Housing Group has become the latest RP to exit from the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS).
Devonshires advise L&Q on its acquisition of a portfolio of properties in Berkshire
Following a successful tender in September 2017, L&Q acquired a portfolio of 161 affordable and general needs properties in Berkshire from Sovereign Housing Association.
Have you responded?
The closing date for replies to the Government’s two consultations on supported housing funding end on 23 January 2018.
Government consultation response – leasehold houses, ground rents, and Shared Ownership
Following on from our open forum in relation to responding to the Government’s Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market consultation, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid provided the Government’s response to the consultation just before the Christmas break on 21st December.
IT’S THE LAW: Tenancy types and what they mean
This edition of IT’S THE LAW looks at some of the more common types of short term and periodic tenancies.
Accelerated Proceedings – change to form N5B
Housing Associations need to be aware of changes to the N5B form for Accelerated claims for possession when seeking possession of an assured shorthold tenancy.