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Proposal for longer tenancies should be welcomed
The Government’s proposal to set a minimum three-year term for private rental agreements could benefit tenants and landlords, and trigger investment in the Build-to-Rent sector.
Devonshires advises Stonewater on acquisition of tenanted stock
Devonshires have acted for Stonewater as they increase their growing portfolio of 877 affordable homes in Coventry to 1,186 following the completion of a tenanted stock transfer of over 300 tenanted homes from The Guinness Partnership. Stonewater has purchased 176 two, three and four bedroom houses and 133 two and three bedroom houses and one
Devonshires advises on £21.3 million acquisition of local authority housing
Devonshires advises on £21.3 million acquisition of local authority housing
Japanese knotweed: landmark ruling could open the floodgates to more claims
A recent Court of Appeal ruling could open the floodgates to claims against landowners if Japanese knotweed on their site encroaches onto neighbouring properties even if it doesn’t cause any physical damage.
Devonshires advise First Priority Housing Association on entering into a CVA
Devonshires acted for First Priority Housing Association in successfully entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement.
Devonshires re-appointed to the HALA Framework
We are delighted to announce that we have been re-appointed to the Housing Associations' Legal Alliance framework.
RTB extension pilot: how to prepare for the hurdles
The Right to Buy extension will create two major challenges. Alasdair Muir explains the impact on housing associations involved in the pilot and how they can prepare.
Stock Rationalisation: strategies and pitfalls
The last 12 months have seen registered providers (RPs) transfer record numbers of stock. Aruna Sarwar, Solicitor in our Real Estate & Projects team explains the strategies being deployed and the potential pitfalls.
IT’S THE LAW: A Hot Topic The Heat Network Regulations
Popular in the 1960s and 70s (less so in the 80s, 90s and noughties) communal heating systems are back!
Dangers of buying ‘off plan’ (Insolvency)
In the recent case of Williams and another v Broadoak Private Finance Limited and others [2018] it was held by the High Court that a partly developed freehold property could be sold free from the buyers’ secured interests.
IT’S THE LAW: National Health Service / National Housing Shortage Disposing of Surplus NHS Land
The Conservative Government regularly emphasises the importance, as they see it, of receipts from the disposal of surplus NHS land as a key capital funding stream for the NHS.
Rock Advertising Limited V MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited
The fact that the Supreme Court has upheld no oral modification clauses as meaning there cannot be an oral variation, shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is what it says on the tin! However, this is not necessarily the end of the story…