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Funding and Group Restructure Delivers Major Capacity Gains for Your Housing Group
Your Housing Group this week has successfully completed its group restructure. The five core Registered Providers have been combined into one entity, renamed Your Housing Limited (YHL), which will own and manage more than 28,000 homes across the North West.
What the new debt recovery rules mean for your business
The Pre-Action Protocol applies to all businesses, including sole traders and public bodies, which are trying to recover debt from an individual, so explicitly excludes business-to-business debts unless both businesses are sole traders.
Environmental Protection Act claims – how to avoid prosecution
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in tenants claiming that the condition of their home constitutes a statutory nuisance as defined by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA).
Dismissing False Discrimination Claims – How an assessor can help
Social landlords are frequently faced with discrimination allegations in response to possession claims but rarely appoint an assessor who could help deal with potentially complex court proceedings.
Property Management – the shape of things to come for RPs?
With an estimated pipeline of £17 billion of rental stock and a forecasted requirement of some £300 billion more over the next 5 years, Registered Providers (also known as RPs) find themselves facing an interesting strategic dilemma. Are they better off sticking or twisting?
Balancing risk and the housing crisis in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster
The Grenfell Tower tragedy means that housing associations now face a fundamental choice about their housing priorities. Should their focus be on the maintenance of existing housing or on development plans to help build new homes?
Briefing note for clients: External insulation and cladding in buildings over 18 metres
In light of recent events we understand our clients will be concerned about the legal and fire-safety status of recently refurbished and over-clad properties and the potential risk presented by the means of construction and material used.
Changes to PSC Information
From 26 June 2017, as part of the implementation of the EU Fourth Money Laundering Directive, the Persons of Significant Control (“PSC”) regime will be updated.
Squatting in commercial properties – options for landlords
Squatting in residential buildings has been a criminal offence since 2012 but the number of people squatting is still rising with owners of commercial properties now at most risk.
Subletting: Advising residential landlords
Anna Bennett, Solicitor in our Housing Management department, reviews the options open to landlords whose tenants are subletting the property, and the problems they might encounter with holiday sublets.
Statistical Data Returns: Rent Reduction
We have had a number of queries from Registered Provider clients about completion of their Statistical Data Returns.
Adjudication Decision: Approbation and reprobation or “blowing hot and cold”
In this update Suryen Nullatamby, Solicitor in our Construction Team looks at the recent case of Dawnus Construction Holdings Limited v Marsh Life Limited [2017] EWHC 1066.