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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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Collecting Staff Vaccination Data

20 Apr 2021

As the lockdown restrictions begin to ease and employers are making plans for staff to return to the office, we have been contacted by a number of RP clients to ask whether or not it is lawful to collect information from staff about whether or not they have been vaccinated against Covd-19. The…

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Enfranchisement and lease extensions for shared owners

20 Apr 2021

The Housing (Shared Ownership Leases) (Exclusion from Leasehold Reform Act 1967 and Rent Act 1977) (England) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/212) (Regulations) were made on 1 March 2021 and came into force on 1 April 2021. The Regulations amend Schedule 4A of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 (LRA 1967) and…

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Changes to the Right to Buy policy - does it go far enough?

30 Mar 2021

The proposed changes to the Right to Buy (RTB) policy put forward by the housing sector a couple of years ago has been published by the government in recent weeks. While the changes are welcomed, experts in the housing sector are of the view that an opportunity has been missed to go even further.…

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Ban on evictions is extended - again!

30 Mar 2021

The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 were due to be in force until 31 March 2021. That has now been extended to 31 May 2021. To recap, the Regulations ban most evictions unless the notice, writ or warrant of possession relates to…

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The Launch of the New Homes Quality Board

24 Feb 2021

New build properties often get bad press with stories of poor quality making the headlines, highlighted in the recently published story of the Developer who was forced to rebuild all four external walls of a property. The New Homes Quality Board (NHQB) has launched this week, led by Natalie Elphicke…

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