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Enforcement of Suspended Possession Orders – Update
Following a Court of Appeal decision in October 2016 (Cardiff County Council v Lee), a landlord seeking to enforce a suspended possession order, as a result of breaches of that order by the tenant, must apply to court for permission before the warrant of possession can be issued.
Donald Trump: Certification of Iran’s Compliance of the JCPOA
We have heard this morning that President Donald Trump is not expected to certify Iran’s compliance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 countries.
Converting a charitable company or a CIC to a CIO: Is the 2018 regime worth it?
When enacted, secondary legislation published on 13 September 2017 will permit charitable companies and Community Interest Companies (CICs) to convert into Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) more easily.
The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: What do RPs need to know?
The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent in April this year.
New Data Protection Bill
The Data Protection Bill was published on 14 September. The Bill is intended to be read alongside the GDPR which comes fully into force in May 2018.
Recovering the standard rate VAT you pay on professional fees
This is achieved by establishing a non-vat grouped, wholly controlled subsidiary company to act as a design and build company (D&B Co).
Effective Enforcement for Debt Recovery – How we can help
If you’ve obtained a CCJ against a company or individual but they still haven’t paid, the next step is enforcement action. There is a variety of options available dependent on your circumstances.
Removal of Local Authority Golden Shares
Since deregulation was announced and enabled in Section 93 of the Housing and Planning Bill, we’ve been eagerly anticipating sight of the promised draft regulations.
The Top Debt Recovery Tips for Businesses
With average levels of bad debt rising at small firms, it’s vital that business owners take steps to help minimise the risk of late payments and recover money more quickly should they need to do so.
Home Loss Payment Increases – What you need to know
The Home Loss Payments (Prescribed Amounts) (England) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/769) come into force on 1 October 2017 (“the Regulations”).
Devonshires are delighted to have worked with Property Pact Ltd on its peer-to-peer platform
Gareth Hall and Elad Yasdi, assisted by Diarmaid O’Sullivan, are delighted to have worked with Property Pact Ltd on assisting its peer-to-peer platform to become authorised.
Unlawful Profit Orders – housing benefit to be taken into account when calculating profit
A recent case, Poplar Harca –v- (1) Begum (2) Rohim [2017]UKHC 2040 (QB) has provided some useful guidance for social landlords in respect of subletting cases and in the calculation of Unlawful Profit Orders.