The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Anthony Collins Solicitors’ Social Housing practice are celebrating securing a place on One Manchester’s legal panel.
The panel, which will run for three years with the option to extend beyond in two additional 12 month periods, saw the team appointed onto seven lots which include:
- Corporate & Finance
- General Commercial Advice
- Mutil-facet, complex advice
The appointment continues to build on a successful year for the firm’s nationally-ranked Social Housing team, which is expanding into a new Manchester office from January, led by Head of Social Housing Jonathan Cox.
Jonathan said, “One Manchester has been a long standing client for the firm, and we’re excited to continue supporting their strategic role in developing communities through innovative partnerships across Manchester. This success, along with our strong housing client base across the North West, is a major reason for opening our new Manchester office and recruiting additional property lawyers to support the firm’s work.”
Formed in April 2015 from a historic merger between two of Manchester’s largest housing associations (City South and Eastlands Homes), One Manchester own and manage more than 12,000 homes in central, south and east Manchester.
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For more information about our Manchester office and recruitment opportunities, visit www.anthonycollins.com/manchester.
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
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