We now know what the short-term holds for public procurement at the end of the Brexit transitional period.
The area associations need to focus on now is developing their policies (on discretion and sales). In its guidance the NHF has provided a list of policy areas to consider and issues to take into account when drafting policies.
As solicitors to the VRTB Pilot we are in a good position to help; policies need to take into account potential complaints and challenges so need to be carefully drafted.
It is for each association to consider their own policy. The NHF list is not exhaustive, for example, the Demolition Notice procedure does not apply to the VRTB so capturing properties affected by potential redevelopment proposals is important.
We can help you develop your policy through an interactive tool we have developed right through to the final policy and board reports.
You may be familiar with the sales process for the RTA and/or (P)RTB but the VRTB sits outside the statutory process. The NHF has provided a note of the key sales stages but you will need to adapt your existing sales process to accommodate these, and think carefully about the form of the offer/contract.
For example, the section 125 restrictions on service charge provisions do not apply to the VRTB: what service charge information (if any) would you provide?
Daniel Brewer from Resonance talks about his journey into investing in enterprise with a social purpose, and discusses what the landscape looks like for social businesses post Covid-19.
On 1 December 2020 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Pimlett v Curo Places Limited EWCA Civ 1621 where prior judgments in the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal were overturned.
For part 3 in this series of short podcasts, Chris Lloyd-Smith interviews senior associate Madhur Sharma on how she has been coping during these unprecedented times.
On 26 November 2020 further changes to the 'Building Regulations: Fire safety - Approved Document B' will take effect.
Last week, the NHF published its final version of its new Code of Governance and made some important changes from the previous draft that will impact on those housing associations looking to adopt it.
As the end of 2020 beckons, we take a look at what progress the Sterling market has made in its preparations for the end of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) on 31 December 2021.
Finally, there is a glimmer of hope that perhaps the Covid-19 pandemic could be reaching its end.
For part 2 in this series of short podcasts, Chris Lloyd-Smith interviews senior associate Lisa Whitehouse on how she has been coping during these unprecedented times.
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