My role

I provide non-contentious advice to registered providers of social housing including reviewing and implementing of all types of occupancy agreements, service charges and section 20 consultation, and various management and service level agreements between parties. 

My experience

- I have provided extensive advice following the Jones v Southwark water charges case to registered providers, reviewing water agreements currently in place to ascertain if similar liability to Southwark, and negotiating changes to water agreements when required.

- I have advised registered providers on annual rent and service charge review letters, ensuring compliance with legal and contractual requirements, most recently tackling the issues raised by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 and the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

- I have provided advice to registered providers on the ‘Right to Rent’ requirements for registered providers.

- I have provided advice in relation to ‘Universal Credit’ and service charges.

My specialisms

  • Social housing
  • Housing management
  • Welfare reform
Recovery of fire safety costs from leaseholders
Recovery of fire safety costs from leaseholders

In all the action to remove defective cladding, leaseholders have been the elephant in the room. Whilst social landlords might have adopted a wait and see approach private landlords do not have that luxury.

What is a bedroom?
What is a bedroom?

A new Tribunal decision was published in December 2017 that found that a local authority must assess whether a bedroom can physically fit the number of expected children to sleep in it as a bedroom.

Alternate Payment Arrangements
Alternate Payment Arrangements

Under Universal Credit, the default position for claimants is that they will receive their benefit payment award monthly in arrears plus one lump sum payment.

New legislation affecting rent increases announced
New legislation affecting rent increases announced

The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions & Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions & Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016 have been amended by the introduction of the Social Housing Rents (Exceptions & Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations of 2017 (The Regulations).

Bedroom Tax cases Supreme Court Judgment
Bedroom Tax cases Supreme Court Judgment

All of the appeals related to the interpretation of the Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 regulation B13, which clarifies the circumstances where a claimant is entitled to a bedroom.

Pay to Stay is here!
Pay to Stay is here!

Local authorities in England must await further regulations that will “make provision about the levels of rent that they must charge a high income tenant of social housing”.

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