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Devonshires Act for Optivo and Southern Housing Group Limited
Devonshires is delighted to have acted for Optivo and Southern Housing Group Limited (SHGL) on their successful amalgamation to form Southern Housing.
Consultation on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework
On 22 December 2022 the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities issued consultation on its proposed approach to updating the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and proposals for preparing National Development Management Policies (NDMP).
RIGHT TO SHARED OWNERSHIP: Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities issues new guidance for tenants
DLUHC issued a press release and new guidance on 22/12/2022 for tenants concerning the “Right to Shared Ownership”.
HELP TO BUY UPDATE: Homes England issues updated guidance on the 31 December 2022 “First Completion Date”
On 14 December 2022 Homes England provided updated guidance on its enforcement of the upcoming 31 December 2022 “First Completion Date” for practical completion of Help to Buy funded units.
Homes England has updated guidance and forms in the Capital Funding Guide concerning “Key Information Documents”
As at 02/12/2022 Homes England has updated paragraphs 11.3.1 and 11.3.6 of the Shared Ownership section of the Capital Funding Guide so as to update all Key Information Documents for homes provided through AHP 2021 to 2026.
Devonshires maintains 100% Trainee retention record
We are delighted to have retained all of our newly-qualified solicitors for the fourth consecutive year.
New Real Estate and Projects Partner joins our growing team
Krissun Soodin joins our Real Estate and Projects team as a Partner.
Devonshires recommended as a Top-Tier Firm, with over 30 key lawyers mentioned, in latest Legal 500 rankings
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2023 recommend Devonshires as a Top-Tier Firm across a number of practice areas and mention over 30 of our key lawyers.
Consultation announced on Rent Cap for social housing
The Government has today published a Consultation to invite views from social housing tenants and landlords on a proposed rent cap which would be in place for the coming financial year from April 2023.
Devonshires act for MTVH on their c£1bn Clapham Park Regeneration Joint Venture
We are absolutely delighted to have acted for Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) on their joint venture with Countryside, in connection with regeneration of the Clapham Park estate.
Countdown to the End of Ground Rent in Most New Residential Leases
After years of discussion, the statutory provisions concerning ground rent in long residential leases are set to change on 30th June 2022, resulting in landlord’s no longer being able to charge ground rent in new leases, save for some exceptions.