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ASB Awareness week

27 Jul 2021

As part of National ASB Awareness Week, we teamed up with colleagues at The Guinness Partnership and West Yorkshire Police on Friday 23rd July 2021 to focus on locally-based initiatives for tackling cuckooing in our neighbourhoods. This partnership-focussed session was able to capture the essence…

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Impact of social media - the backlash for employers

13 Jul 2021

Following the disappointment of the Euro 2020 Final, many no doubt expected they would be getting up the morning after to an influx of press articles and social media posts centred around a technical critique of the football skills on display in the final along side messages of support for the players.…

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ICO Cracks Down on Marketing Emails and Texts

22 Jun 2021

Over the last month, the ICO has announced it has fined 7 organisations for sending unlawful emails and/or text messages. The ICO has taken action against the following organisations: · American Express - fined £90,000 for sending marketing emails to its customers without valid…

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First Homes Scheme - just what will its effect be?

22 Jun 2021

The First Homes scheme, launching in June 2021, is a mechanism for selling discounted affordable housing to first-time buyers - it does not apply in Wales or Scotland; and to reserve it for those most in need, it won't apply if the buyers' combined household income is over £80,000, or &…

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Developments: Are you Overreaching?

22 Jun 2021

The recent findings in the case of Knight v Fernley and another [2021] EWHC 1343 (Ch) (19 March 2020) are a stark reminder of the importance of registering plot transfers on a development prior to any common areas being transferred to a management company or other third party. In this case, a…

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The Building Safety Bill and Fire Safety Act 2021 - Are You Prepared?

22 Jun 2021

Building Safety Bill The government published its Building Safety Bill in July 2020 to respond to long-standing concerns surrounding fire safety, quality and competence, and to respond to recommendations from the Hackitt review which concluded that the whole system needed major reform. The…

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All change - New notice periods and forms

20 May 2021

What's new? Two sets of regulations have been laid before Parliament, which have brought further changes to the notice periods to be given in respect of possession proceedings for residential tenancies and the corresponding forms of notice to be served by landlords. To give them their long…

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Construction Framework Review Should Push Playbook

18 May 2021

What must the government's independent review of construction frameworks consider to benefit both the public sector and contractors. An independent review of public sector construction frameworks should have happened before the publication of the Construction Playbook and should take a project-…

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EU Settlement Scheme- How does the scheme affect Registered Providers?

18 May 2021

"Free Movement" to and from the EU ended on 31 December 2020. As a result of this, new rules came into force on 1 January 2021 which affect who can receive help with benefits, housing allocation and homelessness. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members must now apply to the EU…

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New form of Notice Seeking Possession - but not all is what it seems

11 May 2021

A new prescribed form of Notice Seeking Possession (under section 8 of the Housing Act 1988) has been introduced. Landlords in England are required to use this latest form for any Notice Seeking Possession served on or after 04 May 2021. It has no effect on landlords in Wales. Below is a link to…

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