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Two unfair dismissal case updates from summer 2020

21 Sep 2020

Tai Tarian v Christie Update: A dismissal based on anonymous witness evidence will not necessary be unfair, even where that witness declines to participate in the disciplinary process. Background and Tribunal findings: The Respondent was a housing association, who employed the…

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The Importance of Careful Lease Drafting for Supporting Living Schemes

21 Sep 2020

(1) Retirement Lease Housing Association Limited (2) Fountain Retirement Housing Association Limited v (1) Pauline Schellerup & Phylis Woodford (2) C Martin [2020] UKUT 232 (LC) The above case was a conjoined appeal to the Upper Tribunal by the landlords of separate supported housing…

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ICO Launches Accountability Framework

18 Sep 2020

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published its Accountability Framework to help organisations manage their data protection compliance and understand how they can comply with the General Data Protection Regulation's (GDPR) accountability principle. Article 5(2) of the GDPR…

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Transforming Leasehold System

18 Sep 2020

The Law Commission has released a collection of reforms to improve home ownership in England and Wales. These will make it easier and cheaper for homeowners to buy the freehold or extend their lease, and to take control of the management of their block of flats or an estate. The Law Commission is…

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On 'Tenurehooks' - Will Shared Ownership be a viable product?

11 Sep 2020

Homes England have announced significant changes to the shared ownership programme with the introduction of a new shared ownership model which will come into effect for all new shared ownership homes delivered under the new Affordable Housing Programme 2021 to 2026. Whilst the new model form lease is…

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A Big Boost for Affordable Homes

11 Sep 2020

On the 8th September, Robert Jenirck, the housing secretary, announced a £12.2 billion overall investment in affordable housing. Which does include £700 million on new homes through the 2016 to 2022 programme, along with a new £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme which will be…

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You didn't dream it - 6 month notices are here

02 Sep 2020

It will come as no surprise that over the weekend the Government introduced amendments to the Coronavirus Act, which have subsequently amended the prescribed forms for both Section 21 Notices and Notices of Seeking Possession in England. The amendments only affect notices served after 29 August 2020 and…

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Here We Go Again - Third Stay of Possession Proceedings

24 Aug 2020

At the 11th hour, just before the stay was supposed to end this Sunday, 23 August 2020, the government has yet again extended the moratorium period on possessions claims. This time until 20 September 2020. While this news will be welcomed by renters, it will be devastating to many private and…

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Private RPs not Subject to Environmental Information Regulations

13 Aug 2020

The Upper Tribunal has recently published its judgment in the case of The Information Commissioner v Poplar Housing Association and Regeneration Community Association confirming that private registered providers of social housing (RPs) are not subject to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (…

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