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Devonshires acted for Wellingborough Homes in negotiating and completing a Development Agreement for 84 Affordable Housing Units.
Wellingborough Homes, a not-for-profit housing association serving Wellingborough and the wider community, has entered into a Development Agreement with BDW Trading Limited for the development and acquisition of 84 Affordable Housing Units. This new development will help Wellingborough Homes fulfil its mission of creating neighbourhoods that are desirable, well integrated, environmentally friendly, safe and well managed.
2017: A Year of Legacy Claims?
Over the next week or so, three words – “Happy New Year !“ – shall be uttered to colleagues as normal business resumes following the Yuletide break. It seems like it was only yesterday that the same words were used as we waved goodbye to 2015 and said hello 2016.
The Big Housing Debate 2016 – the social housing sector should focus on the positives
The Autumn Statement revealed five key themes for the social housing sector and while uncertainty inevitably remains, registered providers (RPs) must take advantage of the potential opportunities.
Immigration Act 2016 provisions and new prescribed form of Section 8 Notice of Seeking Possession into force from 1st December 2016
As of 1st December 2016, the Immigration Act 2014 will be amended by Sections 39 to 41 of the Immigration Act 2016. The provisions apply to private sector landlords and to social landlords.
Supreme Court Decision on the Bedroom Tax Challenges
On the 9 November 2016 the Supreme Court announced its judgment to the bedroom tax challenges made against the government.
Reducing Pre-Action Costs? New Construction and Engineering Pre-action protocol released tomorrow.
The new Construction and Engineering Protocol will come into effect on 9 November 2016 following a joint collaboration between TecBar and TecSA with the assistance of Mr Justice Coulson. The focus of the changes seems to be to reduce pre-action costs and speed up the pre-action procedure.
Competitive Dialogue – Contracting authorities should eye all the options
Since 2006, contracting authorities have been able to use the competitive dialogue (CD) procedure to procure contracts that cannot be awarded without prior dialogue with bidders due to the complex nature of the contract.
Airbnb and subletting in social housing – a guide for registered providers
From low level noise through to full blown party houses, Airbnb and subletting is creating a broad range of issues for registered providers (RPs). That was the message that came through loud and clear at a recent event we held to discuss the impact of the room-letting website on the social housing sector.
Article 8: long residence unlikely to give rise to a defence
On the 1 November 2016 the Court of Appeal considered the case of Holley v Hillingdon LBC. Mr Holley continued to occupy a property owned by the local authority following the death of the tenant, his grandfather, who had previously succeeded to the tenancy.
Leaseholders of Foundling Court v (1) Camden LBC (2) Allied London (Brunswick) Ltd – Who should consult? Head landlord or intermediate leaseholder?
The recent decision of Upper Tribunal in Various Occupational Leaseholders of Foundling Court and O’Donnell Court, Brunswick Centre, London v (1) Camden LBC; (2) Allied London (Brunswick) Ltd and others provided helpful guidance in dealing with the consultation process under S.20 where there is an intermediate landlord and occupational leaseholders.
Raja v Aviram – Breach of covenant by leaseholder
This case involved the leaseholder, Mr Aviram, carrying out works to his flat, in particular replacing his boiler. The new boiler required a new vent and waste pipe to be installed. The lease prohibited works to the external walls without consent of the freeholder.
Moorjani v Durban – Court of Appeal Decision – Absent Leaseholder’s claim for damages arising out of disrepair
This case was considered by the Court of Appeal on 4 December 2015 and concerned a claim by the leaseholder for damages for disrepair when the leaseholder was not occupying the flat concerned for reasons unconnected to the disrepair.