Our specialist housing management solicitors provide strategic and practical advice, support and training to housing association landlords in all aspects of housing management.

These services include:

  • Drafting, reviewing and amending all forms of occupancy agreements to ensure they comply with all regulatory and legal requirements and are drafted in plain English.
  • Advising on all housing management legal issues.
  • Drafting and reviewing housing management agreements, including nominations agreements and service level agreements.
  • Provide advice and support with all aspects of leasehold and shared ownership queries and disputes. Our specialist team support and advise on drafting, reviewing and varying leases, to enforcement of leasehold obligations and leaseholder consultation. We run matters to the First Tier (Property) Tribunal and so fully understand their powers and the procedures involved.
  • Advice on rent policy, rent increases and all service charge related issues.
  • Bespoke interactive training to equip landlords with the necessary skills and knowledge .
    Review of policies and procedures and implementation of documentation to safeguard against future disputes.
  • Perform risk analysis.

 

Provisions within the Housing and Planning Act that remove the need for housing associations (“HAs”) to obtain consent from the Regulator to dispose of social housing (as well as to merge or enter new group structures) came into force on 6 April.

Such freedoms will allow HAs greater flexibility over how they use their assets and, potentially, how they structure their businesses. Our expert panel gathered to discuss the possible opportunities the deregulatory measures offer, together with the likely hurdles. Read the outcome of their discussion here.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act is here!
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act is here!

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 received royal assent in December 2018 and comes into effect on 20 March 2019. This amends the "fitness obligations" in the Landlord and Tenant Act.

Funding for supported housing: no change for now
Funding for supported housing: no change for now

The Government has published its’ response to two consultations on the funding of supported housing, stating that for now, there will be no change to the current systems in place.

Diwrnod Dadreoleiddio (Deregulation Day)
Diwrnod Dadreoleiddio (Deregulation Day)

The Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018 (the Act) received Royal Assent on 13 June 2018 and has/will come into force in stages.

Company Secretary Update - June 2018
Company Secretary Update - June 2018

In this update we cover topics including: corporate tax evasion offences, the government’s consultation on corporate governance and insolvency, this quarter’s key dates (yes, we do mention GDPR!).

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