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Devonshires act for Optivo on two bond tap issues in less than four months
Devonshires are delighted to have acted for Optivo on two bond tap issues in less than four months.
Devonshires act for MTVH on their c£1bn Clapham Park Regeneration Joint Venture
We are absolutely delighted to have acted for Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) on their joint venture with Countryside, in connection with regeneration of the Clapham Park estate.
Countdown to the End of Ground Rent in Most New Residential Leases
After years of discussion, the statutory provisions concerning ground rent in long residential leases are set to change on 30th June 2022, resulting in landlord’s no longer being able to charge ground rent in new leases, save for some exceptions.
Property Guardians: headline report
Amongst all the fanfare of the publication of the White Paper last week regarding amendments to the private rented sector, the “Property Guardians: headline report” may have been missed.
Four Devonshires Lawyers ranked in 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers UK
We are pleased that Devonshires have once again been represented strongly in the annual Best Lawyers UK rankings!
A Fairer Private Rented Sector – The Government’s White Paper
The Government has today published their ‘fairer private rented sector’ white paper. It is likely to have a significant impact on the sector.  
Devonshires successfully defend disrepair case for Eastlight Community Homes
We are delighted to have acted for Eastlight Community Homes in helping them win a significant disrepair court case, in which the judge was highly critical of the actions of the tenant’s ‘No Win No Fee’ solicitors. This case has also appeared in Housing Digital.
English Rural Housing Association and The Cambridgeshire Cottage Housing Society announce merger
The Cambridgeshire Cottage Housing Society (TCCHS) has today become a member of the English Rural Housing Association Group.
Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016: implementation date postponed
On 30 May 2022 the Welsh Government announced that they would be postponing the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (the Act) until 1 December 2022. The implementation date will no longer be 15 July 2022.
Welsh Housing Quality Standard 2023: Consultation Commences
The Welsh Government has recently launched a consultation for a new quality standard aimed at improving conditions of social housing in Wales. The Welsh Housing Quality Standard 2023 (‘WHQS 2023’) will apply to all Registered Social Landlords and Local Housing Authorities.
Fire Safety Act finally comes into force
The Fire Safety Act, having been introduced to Parliament in March 2020 and received Royal assent in April 2021, has finally come into force on 16 May 2022.
The Government publishes its new Procurement Bill
Following its recent consultation on the reform to the UK’s public procurement regime, the Government has now published its eagerly awaited new Procurement Bill.