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Government Planning Proposals - is this the way forward?

07 Aug 2020

In its ambition to build high-quality, sustainable homes and communities, the government has published the Housing White Paper, 'Planning for the Future'. This consultation document consists of a package of proposals for reform of the planning system in England only with a view to streamlining…

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Restricting exit payments in the public sector

04 Aug 2020

As most public sector organisations will be aware, the Government has been considering a cap on public sector exit payments of £95,000 since 2015. In April 2019, the government launched a further consultation on draft Regulations to introduce the cap and the consultation closed on 3 July 2019. The…

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Forbes Briefing Note - New Practice Direction 55C

29 Jul 2020

Some of you might remember my briefing from a few weeks ago in relation to a proposed new Pre-Action Protocol. Well there is still no sign of that but what has now been introduced is a temporary Practice Direction (PD 55C), which requires landlords to 'reactive' their ongoing stayed possession…

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Temporary SDLT Relief - What You Need to Know

22 Jul 2020

What is SDLT? SDLT is stamp duty land tax - a tax on properties bought in England and Northern Ireland. The rate to be paid depends on where in the UK the property is bought, the price of the property and the reason for the purchase. I've heard about a SDLT Holiday - what does this mean…

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When is a private dwelling house not so private?

22 Jul 2020

Covenants restricting the use of properties to "single private dwelling houses" "private residence" and "private dwellings in the occupation of one family unit" have been a common feature affecting properties for some time. They also frequently feature in the transfers of…

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Healthy homes = Healthy people?

07 Jul 2020

It has long been known that people from the most deprived areas of the country have poorer health and have a shorter life expectancy compared to people from more affluent areas. With the NHS under immense pressure especially given the COVID-19 pandemic it has become increasingly important for the…

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Digital Housing Week

07 Jul 2020

The week commencing 22 June was due to be The Chartered Institute of Housing week, however given the current pandemic this was not able to go ahead, although it was replaced by Digital Housing Week. This adaption is just another example of how the housing sector can quickly innovate. The event was…

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Forbes Solicitors appointed to national housing framework

07 Jul 2020

Forbes Solicitors has been named on the Central Housing Investment Consortium Ltd ("CHIC") framework which reflects the firm's deep expertise and track record in the sector across its specialist teams. CHIC is a consortium of Registered Providers and has around 90 members across the…

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