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ICO Publishes Guidance for Workplace Testing

18 May 2020

The ICO has published 'Workplace Testing - Guidance for Employers' in order to assist employers considering introducing workplace testing in a bid to make workplaces safe in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The starting point is that as long as there is a good reason for doing so,…

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How important is the "Lockdown Test?"

15 May 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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Covid-19: The Impact on Developers & Affordable Homes

15 May 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 Forbes' Housing & Regeneration Property Team is responding to COVID-19

14 May 2020

The working world is changing, and nobody knows how it will look next week, let alone in a few months. As we continue to work from home as much as possible, we have been thinking about how we have re-thought our work practices, adapted and welcomed the 'new normal'. The 'New Normal'…

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Another Pre Action Protocol!

05 May 2020

The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has yesterday revealed plans to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee to put a pre-action protocol in place when the eviction ban is lifted on 25 June 2020. Mr Jenrick confirmed that a decision would be made next month on whether the…

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Executing deeds the 'Mercury' way

05 May 2020

This is an addendum to our article " Registered Providers - are E-signatures a valid option as a contingency for COVID-19?" published 20 March 2020, particularly in respect of execution of transfer and other dispositionary deeds further to Land Registry's guidance published 04 May 2020…

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Coronavirus Gas Inspections

01 May 2020

We are seeing an increasing number of cases recently where tenants will not allow their landlord access to complete a gas safety inspection. Why? Because of Covid-19. Understandably, people are anxious about letting others into their homes during this scary time, but landlords must still comply…

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Covid-19 and the RSH

01 May 2020

Last month, the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) wrote to all RPs and local authorities regarding its expectations and regulatory approach in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In its letter, the RSH confirmed that its shared priority across the sector was to maintain tenant safety. Subsequently…

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The Waiting Game... Is Your Move Essential?

30 Apr 2020

On Monday 27th April 2020, the government introduced new, non-statutory guidance advising Registered Housing Providers to only proceed with rehousing their customers (existing and new) if the move is deemed to be "essential" during the coronavirus pandemic. As with so many other aspects…

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