Archived News from 2015

Housing & Regeneration


Developments in relation to Universal Credit, APAs and bedroom tax.


There have been some recent developments since the article 'Universal Credit, APAs and bedroom tax' was put up on the Forbes' website on 05 October 2015. Please click here to view the article. As discussed in the previous article, some landlords had spotted a provision in the new…

Forbes Go-es Karting


Forbes' Housing and Regeneration team took to the track last week and invited a number of their clients, to take part in their annual go-karting tournament. It was a tense evening with everyone wanting to get that number 1 position on the podium. After four heats and a tense semi-final the top 12…

Starter Homes vs Affordable Homes


One topic which has been turning heads since the Conservative Party Conference in October 2015 is the government's Housing and Planning Bill which plans to scrap the planning rules requiring affordable homes. The change would mean that developers would not need to provide the affordable homes…

Greater Manchester Memorandum of Understanding


In April 2016 we could see Greater Manchester introduce a 'memorandum of understanding' which will attempt to set joint targets across the region on areas such housing supply, crime, health and employment. A historic memorandum of understanding was introduced in September this year to reform…

Are you LinkedIn or Out?


As social media is such a key part of our day, our Housing & Regeneration Group has developed a number of new initiatives to extend our value added service to our RP clients. If you are a frequenter of LinkedIn, you may have seen our new showcase page which provides clients and those in the…

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Regulatory Notices Issued For Health and Safety Failings


This month, the Homes and Communities Agency ('HCA') has issued two providers with regulatory notices following failures to meet all applicable statutory requirements that provide for the health and safety of tenants in their homes. The HCA issued a regulatory notice against Orbit Group…

George Osbourne's Autumn Statement - Spending review


George Osbourne's Autumn Statement yesterday revealed how £4 trillion pounds is to be spent over the next 5 years. The statement aims to remove the deficit completely in the next four years, seeing a £10 billion surplus by 2019. For the housing and property sector, the announcement…

Riverside obtain injunction with positive requirements for lifetime of tenancy


Riverside had been receiving complaints of anti-social behaviour in relation to the Defendant since 2011. The complaints included, amongst other things, the Defendant displaying drunk and disorderly behaviour in public, walking around in public in a state of undress, causing damage to his property,…

Review of 'Pay to Stay Discussion' at Forbes Solicitors


On 12 th of November 2015, Forbes Solicitors hosted a discussion in relation to the 'Pay to Stay' policy, which the Government is planning to introduce in 2017. The introduction of the budget has brought a number of changes affecting Registered Providers (RPs) of social housing. This event…

Forbes sponsors Women in Housing conference


This years' inaugural Women in Housing Conference was held at the Hilton, Deansgate on 22 October 2015. It saw a whole host of women from the housing sector discussing the impact of the recent cuts on the sector and what it is like now to be a woman in business. Forbes was delighted to be a sponsor…

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Risk Averse or Worse?


Forbes Solicitors and Anderton Gables joined forces last week to host a seminar at Forbes' Manchester office to highlight some of the risks registered providers should be aware of when developing. One of the key messages was the importance of being risk aware and knowing how to manage those…

Is Building For Sale The Answer To The Rent Cuts?


Following the announcement that rents would be cut by 1% for the next four years, many housing associations' development programmes have been halted whilst business plans are reconsidered. One of the emerging themes is that development for sale may be on the increase to claw back lost income…

Universal Credit, APAs and Bedroom Tax


Universal Credit is a new type of benefit designed to support people who are on a low income or out of work. It replaces six existing benefits and is based on a single monthly payment, transferred directly into the recipient's bank account. Universal Credit is paid in the following ways…

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One Week Deadline For Right To Buy Votes


Social landlords have been given just 7 days in which to make a decision which could significantly affect their future. Last week a proposal was put to all housing associations to vote on the voluntary introduction of the Right to Buy extension, as opposed enforcing it by way of legislation. It…

Changes to Section 21 Notices from 01 October 2015


The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements Regulations (England) Regulations 2015 ('the Regulations') were laid before parliament on 09 September 2015 and come into force on 01 October 2015. From 01 October 2015, any landlord serving a notice under Section 21(1) or (4…

Homeownership on the decline: Is PRS the answer?


The Private Rented Sector (PRS) has been on the increase for some time and is an important solution where homes are becoming more unaffordable. The English Housing Survey has revealed that social housing household figures recently fell below that of private rented sector households and that there are…

HCA publishes Regulating the Standards


In April of this year the Homes and Communities Agency, the regulator of social housing for England (the Regulator) introduced changes to the Regulatory Framework for Social Housing. The Regulator has now published Regulating the Standards, which describes the operational approach the Regulator will…

£26 Million Pot Unlocks Brownfield Sites


As part of the Conservatives pledge to deliver more starter homes by 2020 the government, earlier this month, announced that a £26 million fund will be made available to housing associations, architects, councils and small builders to assist with the purchasing and developing of brownfield sites…

Forbes Proud to Sponsor Women In Housing Conference 2015


Forbes is delighted to be sponsoring and attending the inaugural Women In Housing Awards Conference which will take place on 22 October 2015 at the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester. The conference will deliver a packed programme of presentations, debates and workshops joined by some fantastic guest…

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Small site affordable homes threshold: quashed!


The High Court has, on 31 July 2015, overturned planning guidance which exempts small sites from Section 106 affordable housing rules. West Berkshire and Reading borough councils successfully challenged the government's decision to exempt developers from providing affordable homes on schemes…

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Right To Buy Latest


Since the Conservatives announced their plans to extend the Right to Buy, the policy has gained much criticism as it is likely to see housing associations selling more of its asset base under the statutory right to buy. The House of Lords has recently voted to make an amendment to the Charities…

Emergency Budget - What It Means For Housing


Following the emergency Budget earlier this month the already worrying housing crisis is only going to be put under further strain over the coming years. The principal concern is of course the shock rent reduction announcement. Social landlords will have to reduce rents by a flat rate of 1% without…

Solicitor joins WISH NW Board


A Solicitor in the Housing & Regeneration Team at Forbes Solicitors has recently been appointed as a Board Member of Women in Social Housing North West. Amy Hunter joined the board following a competitive interview stage and will spend the first three months in the role shadowing a…

CIH 2015 Round Up


The Chartered Institute of Housing Conference was held at Manchester Central on 23rd - 25th June and saw a wide variety of speakers take the floor to cover an assortment of topics. The Housing & Regeneration Team have put together a summary of the key sessions affecting Registered Providers…

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Today on Stand F3 at CIH 2015 - Meet the CEO


We hope to see you at the Chartered Institute of Housing Exhibition today. After a busy first day, the leader of the scalextric competition changed hands several times with the current leader being Amy Lush from 12 College Place Barristers with a time of 3.288 - visit us on stand F3 to see if…

Visit us on stand F3 at CIH 2015


Visit the Forbes' Housing & Regeneration Team on stand F3 during The Chartered Institute of Housing Exhibition and race on our scalextric track, back by popular demand for a second year, for your chance to win a luxury picnic hamper. At 10am each day we will have freshly baked cupcakes for…

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Housing Litigation Team Goes From Strength to Strength


The Housing Litigation Team at Forbes Solicitors continues to go from strength to strength following two promotions and a new appointment. Sam Gorrell and Justine Hunkins have both been promoted to Associates. Sam specialises in tenancy enforcement action and tackling Anti-Social Behaviour…

Forbes Solicitors Announces Promotions


Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce the appointment of one Partner and five Associates. Craig Liversidge from the Crown Court Department in Preston has been promoted to Partner. Craig MacKenzie from the Crime Department at Chorley, Justine Hunkins and Sam Gorrell from Housing…

Forbes' Housing & Regeneration Team Centralised


Forbes Solicitors Housing & Regeneration Department is now centralised in the Preston office offering a seamless service to clients. The Property Team has moved to Preston to join the other core housing departments including Employment & HR, Housing Management & Tenancy Enforcement and…

Recent Homelessness Ruling Prompts Reviews of Numerous Housing Cases


Local authorities may potentially have to review numerous applications for accommodation after a recent decision by the Supreme Court broadened the scope of vulnerable applicants who are considered homeless. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court handed down their judgment in three conjoined appeals…

Great Places/ Forbes Solicitors obtain 'on notice' injunction on 02.04.15


Great Places issued proceedings under Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 against a Respondent who had made threats of violence towards a tenant. As there was a history of domestic violence and abusive incidents between the victim and the Respondent, Great Places had serious…

Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015


The Government has taken its first steps in legislating their Right to Build initiative by way of the Self Build and Custom Housing Building Act. The Act, that has recently received Royal Assent, aims to see an increase in the number of individuals building their own home or commissioning a builder to…

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Housing Panel Appointment for Forbes Solicitors


Forbes Solicitors has reinforced its position as a leading provider of legal services to the social housing sector after being appointed to the legal panel of Wulvern Housing. Forbes' Housing and Regeneration Team will provide advice in respect of Governance, Regulatory, Treasury, Employment,…

Contour Homes Obtain Part 1 Injunction Against Violent Tenant


Contour Homes, part of the Symphony Housing Group, have used the provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to obtain an ex parte injunction against a tenant following a violent attack against a neighbouring resident. The application was made on 13 April 2015 following an…

Amendments to Pre-Action Protocol for Possession Claims by Social Landlords


On 06 April 2015, amendments to the Pre-Action Protocol for Possession Claims by Social Landlords came into force. Whilst previously the pre-action protocol related to claims for possession and rent arrears, an important amendment to note is that the pre-action protocol now also applies to mandatory…

Budget measures fall short for housing?


Despite calls from the National Housing Federation to address the issue regarding housing with an aim of ending the housing crisis within a generation, the reveal of the current Government's final budget earlier this month left registered providers disappointed. Although the budget did announce the…

Green Vale Homes Secures New Civil Injunction Against Violent Tenant


Green Vale Homes, Rossendale's biggest social landlord, has secured an injunction against the visitor of a tenant after an attack on an employee. The application was made on 02.04.15 immediately following an incident where a Green Vale Homes employee had been physically assaulted by an…

Gas Servicing Team Complete Gas Safety Awareness Level 2 Qualification


This week, all of the Gas Servicing Team within the Housing Litigation department at Forbes Solicitors have completed their Level 2 qualification in Gas Safety Awareness in Social Housing. The qualification, delivered by Morgan Lambert in conjunction with Logic Certification, provides the Gas…

Hyndburn Homes Take Tough Action Against Anti-social Tenant


Hyndburn Homes Limited recently evicted a tenant who was responsible for driving two neighbours out of their homes. The Defendant in question had been violent towards one neighbour and had carried out a campaign of noise nuisance which made life unbearable for another. There had also been abuse and…

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Supreme Court Refuses Permission to Appeal in Southend-on-Sea v Armour


Last week, the Supreme Court published its decision on the Permission to Appeal application made previously by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in the case of Southend-on-Sea v Armour . Southend-on-Sea had sought to appeal the earlier decision of the Court of Appeal, who had decided that the good…

Disability Defences Could Result in a Full Trial


Last week the Supreme Court handed down their judgment in the case of Akerman-Livingstone v Aster-Communities Limited . The Supreme Court held that the court's approach to proportionality in respect of defending possession proceedings based upon disability discrimination is different to the…

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Forbes Solicitors Appointed to City West Legal Panel


Forbes Solicitors has reinforced its position as a leading provider of legal services to the social housing sector after being re-appointed to the legal panel of City West Housing Trust. City West manage 14,600 homes in the North West and Forbes were one of only two firms appointed to provide…

Regulatory Notice following Gas Safety Failure


This week, the Homes and Communities Agency ('HCA') has issued another regulatory notice following the failure of a social landlord to ensure that they complied with annual gas safety inspections to secure the safety of their tenants. In this instance, Severn Vale Housing Society contacted…

Part One Injunction to Commence on 23 March 2015


The Government has today announced that Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 ('the Act') will commence with effect from 23 March 2015. Part 1 of the Act refers to the new civil injunction designed to tackle anti-social behaviour. As a result, the Part 1 civil…

Another Regulatory Notice from the HCA


Last week the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have issued a regulatory notice against a social landlord for failing to carry out urgent and emergency repairs on time. In a regulatory notice issued against Circle Anglia Limited, the HCA say the landlord breached the home standard, causing the…

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New Part 1 Injunction Update


The Government has this week announced that Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 ('the Act') is likely to now come into force in March 2015. Part 1 of the Act refers to the new civil injunction designed to tackle anti-social behaviour. The delay was necessary to…

Housing Panel Appointment for Forbes Solicitors


Forbes Solicitors has reinforced its position as a leading provider of legal services to the social housing sector after being re-appointed to the legal panel of HALA. Forbes' Housing and Regeneration Team will provides Corporate & Governance and Property & Development advice to HALA,…

Importance of Housing in Family Law Proceedings


In the recent case of P (A Child: Use of S.20 CA 1989), the case is a family law matter but one which overlaps with housing law and the judgment shows that there is a need for a knowledge of housing law within family proceedings. The case concerned a child P, and his parents F & M. When P was…

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05 Feb 2019

Housing & Regeneration


A Vision for Social Housing - Report

This month saw the release of 'A Vision for Social Housing', a report written by Shelter's Social Housing…

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