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).
Working with housing clients throughout the UK, we assist with the delivery of property transactions and development projects.
Our property and construction experts will use their knowledge and experience to support you and your organisation with your housing needs. Our integrated team advises on a range of specialisms, including construction, procurement, development, sales, acquisitions, housing management and securitisation.
Our collaborative way of working, drawing on the skills of an ‘all-round’ property team, enables us to have a wider perspective of solutions that will meet the needs of your organisation in any transaction. The team’s shared experiences can highlight new ideas and innovative working practices.
Recognising the expertise of our real estate team, Chambers states that we "have strength and depth" and "are experienced people with a practical approach".
Our experience in property regeneration and development projects in the social housing sector
We have built a wealth of knowledge and experience from and set precedents for working with housing associations, commercial developers and local authorities across the country. We can utilise this to benefit you by saving time and money.
We understand different local authorities' section 106 agreements and have experience of establishing 'agreed form' development agreements between developers and housing associations, or recognised forms of contracts for portfolio sales.
Our experience of advising on delivery vehicles for property development activities (including outright sale, market rent and mixed tenure schemes) is vast. Working closely with our specialist corporate and governance teams we have an in-depth understanding of the Homes and Communities Agency, charities, procurement and corporate funding issues involved in this.
Many of our clients are considering joint ventures to pool resource and expertise to deliver new homes, to capitalise on existing land holdings and to increase income. We can advise you on all types of joint ventures, including a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), collaboration agreements and contractual joint ventures with other Registered Providers, commercial developers and investors.
We'd be happy to talk to you regarding property regeneration and development projects. Please contact us for further information.
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) come 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.
Member of the property team.
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
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 the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
Yesterday, on 6 August 2020, the Government published the above White Paper. The purpose of the White Paper is to do the following: “Planning for the future, landmark reforms to speed up and modernise the planning system and get the country building”.
Stuart Evans and Rachel Sutcliffe look at planning law updates over the last six months (November – May 2020).
The Court of Appeal has delivered its verdict on a High Court decision that the Right to Rent scheme was discriminatory and in breach of the ECHR.
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
The Land Registry has announced temporary changes that will make it easier to deal with execution of transfers, leases and other deeds relating to a disposition of an interest in land.
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