Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
Builders and housing associations (HAs) are working together on large-scale developments aimed at tackling the housing crisis. Private developers and HAs cannot build the tens of thousands of quality, well-designed and affordable homes the Midlands needs on their own and have formed joint ventures (JVs) to boost output.
Against this backdrop, we hosted a breakfast roundtable with Insider Midlands magazine that had attendees from a range of organisations addressing housing needs in the Midlands. The discussion explored JVs in more detail, focussing on:
- The scale of JVs, involving HAs and private developers
- Where these schemes are focussed
- The role of the different organisations involved
- The tenures provided by these schemes
- The mix of units for market sale and social/affordable rents
- The quality of design and facilities.
Richard Brooks, Mark Cook and Victoria Jardine from Anthony Collins Solicitors attended the event, and a full write-up from the discussion was published in Insider (August 2019). If you wish to learn more about the firm’s work in this area, please contact Richard, Mark or Victoria.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
The Court of Appeal judgement in Booth and another v R  EWCA Crim 575 will be welcome news for local authority prosecutors and their investigation teams.
The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 came into force on 4 April.
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