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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.
Goodbye Help to Buy
The Government has recently published guidance for developers concerning the end of the Help to Buy Equity Loan Funding scheme in March 2023.
Devonshires adds senior in-house lawyer to growing Leeds team
We are delighted to welcome Sara Mondon to our growing Leeds team.
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!