Archived News from 2016

Housing & Regeneration


Autumn Statement - the Reaction


It has been a little over a week since Phillip Hammond MP's first statement as Chancellor. Now the dust has settled, we are assessing some of the highlights relating to the UK housing sector and the reaction from those in the know. The first thing many in the sector noticed was the big numbers…

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Chambers 2017 recognises Forbes' Social Housing Team with top rankings


Forbes Solicitors' is celebrating after its Housing & Regeneration Team and four of its lawyers were highly ranked in the prestigious Chambers 2017 Guide. Forbes was ranked as Band 1 for Social Housing, with Lucy Worrall and Sarah Mansfield also achieving Band 1 status, Stuart Penswick Band…

Permissions Suspended - Briefing on Cardiff County Council v Lee


Housing landlords throughout England and Wales have been reacting to the recent Court of Appeal decision in Cardiff County Council v Lee [2016] EWCA Civ 1034 which has held that the Court's permission is required to issue a warrant for possession on a Suspended Possession Order. As the dust begins…

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Shared ownership the only route to home ownership?


For years, shared ownership (in various guises), along with right to buy and acquire, have been the main routes to homeownership for clients of registered providers. But RPs are increasingly looking for different variations on the theme, especially in light of the current property market and HCA's…

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BREAKING NEWS - SOAHP heads of terms now published


On 16 September 2016 the HCA published the heads of terms of the contract to be used under the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme 2016 - 2021. Please click here to view the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme Draft Heads of Terms It should be noted that the heads of terms…

Forbes Housing & Regeneration Team make impressive gains in Legal 500


On Thursday 15 September, after much anticipation (in the offices of solicitors, if nowhere else), the Legal 500 announced their UK rankings for 2016. The Legal 500 twitter account was quick to warn their followers of incoming "Humble Brags" from law firms who had improved their rankings…

Pay to Stay - A bureaucratic nightmare?


Since the idea of pay to stay was introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 there has discussion as to how it would work. With the The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) stating that Housing Authorities have no right to HMRC data there seems to be a problem of making pay to…

One million homes by 2020? are we getting closer?


One million homes by 2020… are we getting closer? The latest house building data (published 25.08.16) shows that 139,030 new homes were completed in the last year (June2015 - 2016) and have continued to build gradually over the last 2 years. However, 'Shelter' commissioned a…

Women in Housing Awards - Official Shortlist 2016


The Women in Housing Awards, which take place at the Hilton in Manchester, aim to celebrate women's achievements in the Housing sector over the last year as well as more generally 'promote the innovative contribution of women' and 'encourage women to work and flourish in the housing…

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CJEU rules on excluding bidders in relation to technical capacity


The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rules against contracting authority which tried to make it one step too hard for contractor to qualify in proving their technical capacity and meeting minimum requirements. In the case of Ambisig v AICIP , a Portuguese administrative court referred…

Further Civil Court Fee Increases from 25 July 2016


On Monday 25 July 2016, the Civil Proceedings, First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Employment Tribunals Fees (Amendment) Order 2016 came into force and introduced further civil court fee increases. The important ones for us to note are as follows: · The fee for issuing a claim in…



Exit routes, exit routes, exit routes… In our day to day work in the office dealing with development work for housing associations and whenever we speak at seminars and conferences on development, we always find the same 2 words are on our lips - exit route. Those words will be even more…

"Mayday" for the homeownership consensus?


Following the raft of recent ministerial manoeuvres, we consider what the post referendum regime might have in store for the housing sector. In particular, we ask whether the government's unyielding focus on home ownership is likely to continue unabated, or whether the new political players'…

'We Work' - increasing social value sector-wide


Brexit seemed to pervade the entire CIH conference 2016. However, a glimmer of light came from PlaceShapers' launch and premiere of the 'We Work' film and storybook on 29 June 2016. This focuses on 15 powerful and inspiring stories showing how lives have been transformed by the hard work of…

CIH Bulletin


As the dust settled after the Brexit vote, the CIH Conference 2016 started again for another year in a rather damp Manchester. The Forbes Housing team attended the key seminars, addresses and think-tanks to bring you live updates as it happened from our @forbeshousing twitter account and we have…

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Forbes Solicitors launches new Private Landlord Team


Forbes Solicitors has set up a new Private Landlord Team in response to an increased demand for advice and assistance with a variety of tenancy management issues. The team operates from within Forbes' Housing and Regeneration department in Preston and can offer expert guidance with issues such…

Soho Successfully Resist Possession Claim Appeal


Soho Housing Association Limited ("Soho") have successfully resisted an appeal following an order for possession being made against a failed successor. Soho commenced possession proceedings to reclaim possession of a 2 bedroomed flat located in Central London. They took possession action…

Forbes Solicitors appoints Jennifer Hankinson to Housing and Regeneration Team


Forbes Solicitors has boosted its specialist Housing and Regeneration Team with the appointment of Senior Solicitor Jennifer Hankinson from the Progress Housing Group. Jennifer specialises in housing and regeneration property law and has worked as an in-house lawyer for the registered provider for…

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Social Housing expert Sarah Mansfield joins Forbes


Social housing expert Sarah Mansfield has joined Forbes to boost the continued expansion of its specialist housing team. Sarah, who is based at the Preston office, at Ribchester House, Lancaster Road, joins from her previous role as partner and head of the housing litigation team at BLM (previously…

Forbes appoint Solicitor to their growing Housing and Regeneration team


Forbes Solicitors continues to expand its specialist Housing and Regeneration team by appointing solicitor James Beck. James has over 4 years' experience in the social housing sector and specialises in carrying out a wide range of property and development work for registered providers of…

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Increase in Court Fees from 21 March 2016


The Civil Proceedings and Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2016 comes into force today and imposes an increase in civil court fees. The court fees have now increased as follows:- · In possession claims, the issue fee is now £355; · For possession claims…

Housing Headlines from Budget 2016


The government's new 'sugar tax' on soft drinks may have stolen the limelight in this years' Budget, but it also contained a number of new housing measures that seek to bolster the commitments to affordable housing made in last years' Autumn Statement - developments that Forbes…

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Court of Appeal finds Bedroom Tax Unlawful


This week, the Court of Appeal has held that the so called 'bedroom tax' is discriminatory and unlawful due to the impact on households with disabled children or victims of domestic violence in the combined appeal of R (Rutherford) v Secretary of State for Work And Pensions and R (A) v Secretary…

Housing Associations are seeking legal advice about their minimum repairing obligations in order to cut back on repairs and maintenance services whilst adhering to their statutory obligations


In a bid to cut the housing benefit bill, George Osborne announced in the 2015 budget that there will be a 1% cut to annual social housing rent, starting in April 2016. As a result of this, many social landlords are seeking to fully understand their legal obligations in relation to carrying out…

Riverside successfully enforce injunction order


In November 2015, Riverside obtained an injunction and power of arrest against the Defendant in relation to on-going anti-social behaviour. The complaints included, amongst other things, the Defendant displaying drunk and disorderly behaviour in public, walking around in public in a state of undress,…

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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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