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Sector Risk Profile 2022 Issued
The Regulator of Social Housing (Regulator) has published its 2022 Sector Risk Profile (SRP) this morning, setting out its view of the most significant sources of risk to Registered Providers of Social Housing (RPs).
Government appeal dropped against a successful Net Zero Strategy challenge
In July 2022, the High Court determined that the Government’s Net Zero Strategy was inadequate (and unlawful) as it did not include matters that are material to the issue of whether the Climate Change Act 2008 (“CCA 2008”) targets could be met.
Devonshires recommended as a Top-Tier Firm, with over 30 key lawyers mentioned, in latest Legal 500 rankings
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2023 recommend Devonshires as a Top-Tier Firm across a number of practice areas and mention over 30 of our key lawyers.
Devonshires’ NEW Sustainability and Decarbonisation Team
We are delighted to announce the introduction of our latest cross-departmental team, specialising in Sustainability and Decarbonisation.
Consultation launched for notice periods for converted standard contracts under the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016
One aim of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (‘the Act’) when it comes into force on 1 December 2022, is to improve security of tenure and a way of achieving this is by increasing the period of notice that a landlord must give when seeking repossession where the tenant is not at fault.
Tenant Satisfaction Measures from 1 April 2023
The long awaited Decision Statement on the Consultation on the Introduction of Tenant Satisfaction Measures has today been published by the Regulator of Social Housing.
Consultation announced on Rent Cap for social housing
The Government has today published a Consultation to invite views from social housing tenants and landlords on a proposed rent cap which would be in place for the coming financial year from April 2023.
Sustainability and Decarbonisation – Case Law Digest:
R (on the application of (1) Friends of the Earth Limited (2) ClientEarth (3) Good Law Project and Joanna Wheatley) -v- Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [2022 EWHC 1841 (Admin)]
Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund – Wave 2.1 – What is it and what do bidders need to do?
On 20 July 2022, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) published Competition Guidance Notes and FAQs for Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 2.1.
Banks potentially set to lend against defective tall and mid-rise buildings – will leaseholders be able to cash in?
“UK Finance” (the banking trade body) has recently announced that six of the UK’s largest banks (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Nationwide, NatWest and Santander) have agreed to offer mortgages on buildings with fire safety defects. This announcement, which is certainly welcome news to the sector, appears to be a radical reversal of lenders’ attitudes towards the risks in defective tall and mid-rise buildings.
Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016: Further Regulations
Ahead of implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 on 1 December 2022, the Welsh Government has announced further Regulations over the last few days.