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Property Guardianship – A Warning
We recently obtained a Possession Order for One Housing Group.
Disrepair Claim Dismissed
Devonshires recently acted for Industrial Dwellings Society (“IDS”) in a case brought against them for disrepair at the property.
Ask the Expert – Pets and Social Housing
How do I know if a tenant is allowed to keep pets at their property?
Relationship breakdowns: the ‘absent’ or ‘unnamed’ tenant
Devonshires’ Housing Management Department is often approached for advice when a landlord becomes aware that the relationship between two tenants sharing a property has broken down.
The Care Act 2014: What Housing Providers Need to Know
Diet controlled Type 2 diabetes does not amount to a disability under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) according to a recent finding by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in Metroline Travel Ltd v Stoute.
Devonshires win another national award for sustainability
Devonshires have won the highly commended award for Resource Conservation at the national Sustainable City Awards. We were also shortlisted for the Responsible Waste Management category.
Devonshires welcomes Insolvency Partner Jim Varley
Devonshires are welcoming Insolvency Partner Jim Varley, one of the founding partners from Locke Lord to their growing insolvency and debt recovery practice.
Bonus linked to sickness record amounts to disability discrimination
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has recently considered whether the non-payment of a bonus due to the employees sickness absence amounted to disability discrimination in the case of Land Registry v Houghton.
No smoke without fire – Can a smoking policy cover e-cigarettes?
According to reports there are now over two million people in the UK who use e cigarettes. So should employers expressly include the use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping”, in their no smoking policies?
Is this the end of section 106 Agreements for small developments?
The Government announced significant changes to the National Planning Practice Guidance in November 2014 with the aim of reducing "disproportionate burdens on developer contributions."
Is this the end of section 106 Agreements for small developments?
The Government announced significant changes to the National Planning Practice Guidance in November 2014 with the aim of reducing “disproportionate burdens on developer contributions.”
HCA – Disposing of Land Guidance
“Disposing of Land” is a guidance document issued by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to help Private Registered Provider’s understand the HCA’s approach to their decision making in respect of disposals of social housing dwellings and other land under the general consent or specific consent regimes.