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COVID-19 update: Guidance for social landlords on essential moves published
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Public Health England have jointly published guidance in respect of allocations and transfers during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
COVID-19: An Update on Possession Claims
The Courts may be limited in their ability to progress possession claims following the general stay introduced by Practice Direction 51Z which took effect on 27 March 2020.
Right to Rent survives the Court of Appeal
The Right to Rent Scheme requires landlords (including registered providers of social housing) to check the immigration status of tenants and potential tenants (and licensees).
Electrical safety inspections and private registered providers: why it matters
On 31st October last year the Government published the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.
Devonshires succeed in the Court of Appeal on the Public Sector Equality Duty: Forward v Aldwyck Housing Group [2019] EWCA Civ 1334
Devonshires has successfully resisted a further appeal on the application of Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (the Public Sector Equality Duty “PSED”) for Aldwyck Housing Group.
Fixed Term Tenancies, Break Clauses + Section 21 Notices
Registered Providers will welcome the decision of the Court of Appeal in this case, which examined the effect of a break clause in a fixed term tenancy which had incorporated a starter period of one year.
Devonshires resists appeal on the Public Sector Equality Duty
Devonshires represented L&Q Housing Trust in the High Court on a tenant’s appeal against a possession order granted in the County Court.
The next challenge for social landlords
Neil Lawlor, Partner, writes for 24housing on the rise of leaseholds, and the implications it can have on Housing Associations.
Gas Safety Certificates and Section 21 Notices: Shooltz is here to stay The
Ben Tarbard, Paralegal, discusses Gas Safety Certificates and Section 21 Notices in our new Housing Management & Property Litigation article.
How will it affect you? The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018
New provisions in the act will affect the extent of Landlords’ repair obligations and, as such, bring the risk of exposure to new claims from tenants and occupiers.
Livewest Homes Limited v Sarah Bamber [2018] EWHC 2425 (QB) – More uncertainty surrounding fixed term tenancies
Read our new article about the recent case of Livewest Homes Limited v Sarah Bamber [2018].
Recent cases provide guidance on the application of the Public Sector Equality Duty
The Public Sector Equality duty (“PSED”) encapsulated in Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 is an important concept requiring public authorities and those exercising public functions to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.