The monthly round-up from the Anthony Collins Solicitors charities team.
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?
In this ebriefing, we identify what we see as the key messages arising from recent prosecutions in the care and housing sectors.
A recent High Court case on costs could prove essential reading for clients who have cases in the magistrates' courts.
The employment and pensions team offer practical advice on whistleblowing.
Partners, David Alcock and Sarah Patrice, have been involved in reviewing the new Code of Governance for community-led housing, published on 21 May 2021 by the Confederation for Coop Housing.
Following the eviction ban being lifted on 31 May 2021 and further to our previous ebriefing, the new notice of seeking possession forms are now available on the Government website as Word versions.
The European Court of Justice's standpoint on the Wiener Wohnen landowning developer case, and how the level of influence over the work did not amount to a decisive influence.
The Law Commission's Technical Issues in Charity Law report revealed that many charities struggle with a range of technical issue in the law.
The Law Commission recommended four key changes to the law in respect of mergers and the incorporation of charities which we have detailed in this ebriefing.
Over the last few weeks, we have published individual ebriefings on some of the key changes to be implemented following the Government’s response to the Law Commission’s report.
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