Emma HardmanSenior Associate
A specialist in housing management.
I lead the housing management team here at Anthony Collins Solicitors.
I advise landlords, primarily housing associations, on all housing management issues providing practical solutions to often complex scenarios. The work I do involves providing client training, including bespoke training, as well as speaking on the sector seminar circuit.
I also advise on the interpretation of leases in respect of obligations and rights in relation to fire safety, including replacement of front doors; and service charge recovery options, including issues relating to consultation and First-tier Tribunal applications.
I co-authored the latest edition of the National Housing Federation ‘Service charges: a guide for housing associations’ book. In 2013 I was shortlisted for Associate Solicitor of the Year in the Birmingham Law Society Awards.
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.
Following a consultation earlier this year, the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has now published the final form of the new Rent Standard.
Following their consultation earlier this year, the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has now published the final form of the new Rent Standard.
The case provides a useful reminder to be cautious and check whether agreements your organisation is entering into meet the QLTA definition and trigger Section 20 consultation.
The amount landlords will have to pay occupants entitled to home loss payments is increasing from 1 October 2019.
The consultation document was published at the end of July and is available here. It sets out the Government’s intention to impose duties on landlords (by way of regulations) to provide the secretary of a tenants’ association with information about qualifying tenants (primarily their name and contact details).
Under the Land Compensation Act 1973, a landlord may have to pay a resident a home loss payment if the resident is permanently displaced from their home (subject to the circumstances and various conditions).
The future funding of supported housing has been a question for a number of years but the proposed Local Housing Allowance (LHA) changes threaten the financial viability of many of these schemes.
What is the right to rent? Essentially this ensures all people who let properties have the right to live in the UK. Landlords should only allow people to live in their properties if the have the right to rent.
Of course this year is very different with organisations having to apply rent decreases for social housing tenants (even though we are still waiting for the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to be finalised and new Regulatory guidance to be published).
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