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Regulator launches consultation on 2020 Rent Standard

17 May 2019

On 7 May 2019 the Regulator of Social Housing launched a 12 week consultation on a revised Rent Standard that will come into force from the 1st of April 2020, replacing the current guidance which was published in May 2015. This consultation follows the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and…

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Forbes Appointed To Advise Leading Housing Association Together Housing

08 May 2019

Forbes Solicitors has been selected to advise one of the largest housing associations in the North of England after being named as a successful bidder for Together Housing Group's Legal Services Framework. Forbes will advise on legal issues surrounding Housing Management & Litigation,…

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Amendments to the MEES Regulations

18 Apr 2019

Following on from our previous article 'MEES, please….are you ready?' published on 16 February 2018, the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (the "MEES Regulations"), have now been amended as of 1 April 2019 by the Energy Efficiency (…

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The New Fitness Regime - Our take on the new legislation

22 Mar 2019

On the 20 March 2019, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 came into force. The Act is aimed at improving housing conditions in the rented sector. Helpfully, the government has been issued guidance for landlords*. As the government guidance says, there are no new obligations for…

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Usage of inaccessible work email accounts during employee's maternity leave

18 Mar 2019

The Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") held in SW Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust v Jackson that it can be unfavourable treatment under the Equality Act 2010 to send a woman on maternity leave an important email at an email address that she can't access. However, it will be…

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Right to Rent - more Wrong than Right?

18 Mar 2019

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2019) EWHC 452 (Admin) Following a Judicial Review, the Court has found that Sections 20-37 of the "Right to Rent Scheme", as brought in by Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016…

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Strategic Partnerships - Making Affordable Homes Happen

11 Mar 2019

Homes England introduced Strategic partnerships in 2018, an ambitious new mission to partnership with all areas of the housing industry sector to provide a response to the long-term housing challenges facing our country. The plan announced in the 2018 budget was to secure £653 million in grant…

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The Law Commission's Consultation for Social Landlords

08 Mar 2019

Partners Lachlan McLean and Lucie Cocker of Forbes Solicitors were delighted to host the Law Commission's consultation event for Social Landlords on leasehold home ownership and reinvigorating commonhold at our Manchester offices. The Law Commission put forward proposals for reform to Right to…

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