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Are we going the REIT way?
The London Stock Exchange is beginning to see a surge in investor interest in UK housing stock through investment in tax efficient vehicles known as Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”).
JCT Contracts: Change is coming!
JCT has released further contracts under its new 2016 suite.
CONSTRUCTION LAW UPDATE: Proliferation of “Smash & Grab” adjudication cases
In his recent decision, 16 March 2017, in Hutton Construction Limited and Wilson Properties (London) Limited [2017] EWHC 517 (TCC), Mr Justice Coulson expounded his views on the proliferation of the “smash & grab” cases and the courts’ robust and consistent approach vis-a-vis the increasing number of challenges brought by unhappy defendants in the Technology and Construction Court.
Devonshires advise The Welsh Housing Partnership on a £93,000,000 loan from PIC to support affordable housing in Wales.
Devonshires advise The Welsh Housing Partnership on a £93,000,000 loan from PIC to support affordable housing in Wales.
Deregulation Article: To notify (and when to notify)…
The HCA has today published its Direction and related guidance for non-profit private registered providers (NPRPs) on the requirement to notify the regulator of restructures and constitutional changes.
Bedroom Tax criteria to change from 1 April 2017
As a result of the Carmichael decision handed down by the Supreme Court last November, new Regulations will come into effect from 1 April 2017.
Experienced in judicial review work
At Devonshires, our experienced Litigation Department is extremely well equipped to represent our clients in a judicial review situation and this is an area we are continually developing.
Exiting joint ventures – how to manage from the outset
Joint ventures are playing a vital role in boosting housing supply but like venturing into any relationship, bear the risk of reaching a premature end.
D Day is coming – 6 April 2017
The HCA has this week published two explanatory documents relating to the implementation of the deregulation measures set out in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which will come into force on 6th April 2017 (D Day).
Further Regulations about Rent Reduction!
The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions & Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 come into force between 1 March and 6 April 2017.
Hounslow London Borough Council v Waaler – Service charges and Improvements
On 2nd February 2017 the Court of Appeal considered the approach to be taken when determining whether costs had been reasonably incurred when considering the amount of service charge payable under section 19 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Importantly they gave particular consideration to the approach to be taken when considering costs relating to improvements as opposed to repairs.
2017 Housing White Paper: This is It, or ……. But Really, is This It?
Introduced as ‘a bold, radical vision for housing in this country’, the Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ was published earlier today.