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Modern Methods of Construction: BOPAS and Build Warranties
Interest in custom build and modular housing is growing rapidly, but housing associations and developers considering this way of building must not overlook accreditations and warranties – specifically the Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS).
ACM Cladding Remediation Fund
The Government has published guidance on how local authorities and housing associations can apply for funding for the removal and replacement of unsafe ACM cladding on buildings 18m or over.
Spotlight on Shared Ownership
Almost every planning agreement has an affordable housing provision. If developers don’t comply and provide affordable housing on one site, they will have to provide the equivalent elsewhere within the borough on another scheme they’re working on.
Cost Free Recovery of Leaseholder Arrears
Devonshires are acutely aware of how important it is for our clients to maximise the recovery of service charges as this allows our clients to provide the high level of service that they strive for.
New technology holds the key to tackling housing fraud
Housing associations continue to be susceptible to corporate fraud at every level from the post room to the board room.
Dangers of buying ‘off plan’ (Insolvency)
In the recent case of Williams and another v Broadoak Private Finance Limited and others [2018] it was held by the High Court that a partly developed freehold property could be sold free from the buyers’ secured interests.
It’s not too late to start your GDPR compliance journey
GDPR and the DPA 2018 are already in force. D-Day may have passed but not all organisations are ready and those that are need to demonstrate continuing compliance.
Employment Status – Pimlico Plumbers in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has finally delivered its decision in the important Pimlico Plumber’s case in a ruling which has far reaching consequences for workers considered to be self-employed in the so called “gig economy”.
Data Protection Act 2018 Received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018
The Data Protection Act 2018 ("DPA 2018") received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018 and is now an Act of Parliament.
Rock Advertising Limited V MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited
The fact that the Supreme Court has upheld no oral modification clauses as meaning there cannot be an oral variation, shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is what it says on the tin! However, this is not necessarily the end of the story…
Incorrect and unjustifiable threats of legal action can amount to harassment – Metropolitan Housing Trust –v- (1) Worthington (2) Parkin
Mr Worthington and Ms Parkin were long-term assured tenants of Metropolitan Housing Trust, living on the same estate.
Managing Risk: Expert guidance and solutions for registered providers
On the 17th May we held our first ever Devonshires Conference which focused on the biggest challenges affecting the UK’s social housing sector.