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Working with the National Housing Federation
Devonshires has acted for the National Housing Federation on the new Voluntary Right to Buy Proposal and the reclassification by the Office for National Statistics of housing associations as public bodies.
Supreme Court judgment provides new legal remedy for parents without parental responsibility
Parents without parental responsibility – who are often unmarried fathers and non-biological parents – will have easier recourse to justice if their child is removed from the UK following a judgment from the Supreme Court.
Housing associations urged to fight Environmental Protection Act claims
Housing associations are being urged to take a stand against the rising number of prosecutions being brought by tenants under the Environmental Protection Act, following a successful legal case.
Financial worries could break divorce day trend
The first Monday in January is dubbed divorce day, but a new study reveals that money worries are prompting people to buck this trend.
New EU Procurement Thresholds for 2016
The European Commission has published new EU public procurement thresholds.
Modern Slavery Act 2015: preparing a slavery and human-trafficking statement
Earlier this year, we reported[1] on how the Modern Slavery Act 2015 had introduced an obligation on organisations to produce an annual statement of the measures they had taken to ensure there was no modern slavery (including human trafficking) in their own businesses or supply chains. A Practical Guide on how to ensure compliance with Section 54 has now been published by the Home Office.
Labour Costs: National Minimum Wage and Proposed Enforcement Measures
On 1 October 2015, over one million workers received a pay rise with the increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
Devonshires Solicitors Launch Devonshires Basements
Devonshires Solicitors have launched a new professional services brand, Devonshires Basements, at an event at the unique and exclusive Home House private members club in Portman Square.
Can leaseholders claim compensation if the landlord delayed or failed to carry out repairs?
​If a leaseholder reports a repair, for example a problem with the roof, then the landlord will need to consider if it is responsible for the repair works to the building or internal repairs to the leaseholder’s property and how it will be paid for.
Court finds guidance on affordable housing planning obligations unlawful
The High Court has taken the unusual step of interfering with Government policy in West Berkshire District Council and another v Department for Communities and Local Government.
Using the FTT’s Rules to Manage Disputes
In our last edition we set out some of the new rules which apply to the First Tier Property Tribunal (FTT), following its introduction in place of the LVT.
Recovering the Costs of Preparing s146 Notices
Where a leaseholder has breached the terms of their lease (other than non-payment of rent) the landlord can serve a notice under s.146 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1925 giving a reasonable period of time for the leaseholder to respond regarding remedying the breach, if it is capable of being remedied.