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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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Homeownership now more attenable - as Stamp Duty Holiday Extension announced?

29 Mar 2021

On 8th July 2020, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a temporary stamp duty holiday for properties in England and Northern Ireland that cut the rate of stamp duty to zero percent for all properties £500,000 or under until 31st March 2021. Rishi Sunak has now confirmed an extension until…

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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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Merseyside County Lines & Social Housing Conference

24 Feb 2021

Forbes' Merseyside County Lines & Social Housing Conference took place over two days on 9th and 10th February 2021 in conjunction with Merseyside Police. With over 400 attendees across the two day conference, it was clear to see the importance of tackling cuckooing and county lines across…

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Supreme Court Uber decision - what does this mean for social housing?

24 Feb 2021

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court handed down its long-anticipated judgment in relation to the action brought against Uber by drivers claiming to be workers as opposed to self-employed contractors. The judgment provides the answer to whether 'gig economy' workers can be classed as '…

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Eviction Ban extended to 31 March 2021

24 Feb 2021

The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has announced the ban on evictions, save for exceptional cases, will be extended to 31 March 2021. It had been due to end on 21 February so we expect to see updated Regulations released shortly. There were some changes to the exceptions when the ban was…

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Choosing and Implementing Building Warranties / Insurance

24 Feb 2021

Building insurance / warranties are an essential consideration for any development. There are a variety of providers available, all with their own products and add-ons which should be considered to ensure you choose a policy which suits your development's needs. It is important to have discussions…

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