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Signing deeds during COVID-19 - Virtual execution and e-signatures

02 Jul 2020

Since working from home has become "the new norm", we've been asked to consider whether the use of digital transaction platforms and e-signatures is appropriate for executing deeds. In addition, whilst social distancing continues, can witnessing of signatures be done remotely? On 18…

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Vacant Building Credit- is it being used to its full potential?

22 Jun 2020

Vacant Building Credit (VBC) is a policy that entitles developers to a financial credit in relation to the affordable housing contribution. The calculation is set out in the Planning Practice Guidance as "the equivalent of the gross floorspace of any relevant vacant buildings being brought back…

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Extension to the ban on evictions until 23 August 2020

08 Jun 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 ('the Act') came into force on 25 March 2020 following a swift passage through Parliament. The Act contains numerous emergency powers to enable public bodies to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. Schedule 29 to the Coronavirus Act 2020, named 'Residential…

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MEETING THE CHALLENGE: COVID 19 and Virtual Meetings

01 Jun 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is presenting the housing sector with complex issues as urgent decisions need to be made by decision-makers. In these unprecedented times, RPs are exploring changes to the way in which decisions are taken to reduce the risk of infection while ensuring that executives, directors…

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Covid-19: The Impact on Developers & Affordable Homes

01 Jun 2020

Building , who provide information and intelligence to the construction industry, have reported that developers are calling for planning rules to be loosened due to the coronavirus pandemic, which could affect affordable housing. The London Property Alliance, real estate representatives, have…

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How important is the "Lockdown Test?"

01 Jun 2020

Whilst we are in the midst of a pandemic and the country is in lockdown, everyone has been advised to stay at home wherever possible. For many, this means that they are living and working from their homes. The majority of those asked would likely list access to gardens and open spaces as being crucial…

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Business as Usual or Unusual?

01 Jun 2020

With the lockdown starting to ease and plans in place for how we can get back to normal, we need to be mindful that things will not be the same or 'business as usual' for quite some time. There is a lot to be considered in the near future and as for the construction sector in particular,…

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Appeal of Practice Direction 51Z Fails

01 Jun 2020

As you all know by now the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force on 26 March 2020. Since this time all possession proceedings, and all proceedings seeking to enforce an order for possession have been stayed for 90 days with any new Notices of Seeking Possession and Section 21 Notices…

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RPs & Covid-19: What does this mean for the financial future?

28 May 2020

The current pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty for business and lenders alike, although now there has been some recent positive coverage regarding the finances of registered providers of social housing (RPs). Fitch Ratings , who provide credit ratings, commentary and research, have reported…

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