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From thought leadership pieces to basic training resources, our lawyers regularly produce leaflets, briefings, newsletters and brochures. Our aim is to help keep our clients ahead of the curve.

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The Building Safety Bill
In our new article, we provide an overview of the new Building Safety Bill, highlighting some of the more important changes over the previous version. 
Expert Statement on Building Safety: Medium and lower-rise buildings
On 21 July 2021 the Government announced a further, significant, development in its ongoing attempts to support leaseholders in medium to lower-rise buildings (under 18m) who have faced difficulty in selling, anxiety at the potential cost of remediation and concern at the safety of their homes.
Building Safety Bill Update
On 5 July 2021, the Government published the latest (and perhaps final) version of the Building Safety Bill (“Bill”), which among other things is designed to ensure that problems identified with building safety in higher risk buildings do not occur in new buildings and are appropriately mitigated and managed in existing buildings.
Important Changes following the introduction of The Fire Safety Act
The Fire Safety Act received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021 and will shortly be on the statute books.
RICS Guidance Note for the valuation of properties in multi-storey, multi-occupancy residential buildings with cladding
On 8 March 2021, RICS published its Guidance Note for the valuation of properties in multi-storey, multi-occupancy residential buildings with cladding, following a consultation process.
MHCLG commits an extra £3.5bn towards the Building Safety Fund for Non-ACM Buildings
The Building Safety Fund has been topped up by an additional £3.5bn with the Government making clear its view that no leaseholder in a building above 6 storeys or 18m (which is consistent with the current definition of Higher Risk Building in the Building Safety Bill) should have to pay for remedial work undertaken to unsafe cladding.
Applications to the MHCLG’s new ‘Waking Watch Relief Fund’ are now open
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Waking Watch Relief Fund (“the WWR”) has now opened for applications.
RICS consultation process regarding Guidance Note on consistency in EWS1 requests
On 8 January 2021, RICS announced a consultation process in relation to a proposed Guidance Note for the valuation of properties in multi-storey, multi-occupancy residential buildings with cladding.
Supplementary Note: Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings
The MHCLG explains that the “one-page supplementary note is on the purpose and intent behind ‘Building safety advice for building owners, including fire doors’, particularly those parts which covered external wall systems and balconies. It should be taken into consideration alongside the existing advice, dated January 2020.”
The Charter for Social Housing Residents: The new Social Housing White Paper – Devonshires’ Briefing Note
The long anticipated Social Housing White Paper has landed, and in our new Briefing Note, we discuss our thoughts on what has been announced and the implications for the social housing sector. 
Reducing The Orbit of EWS1 Forms and Upping Resource
On Friday the 21st of November the Government issued a press release stating that following consultation with RICS and The Building Societies Association (BSA), EWS1 forms will no longer be needed on buildings that do not have external wall cladding.
RIDDOR and COVID-19: When to Report
As an employer, all social housing and care providers will be a “responsible person” for the purposes of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.