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Housing & Regeneration eNews

August 2014

Welcome to Forbes' Housing and Regeneration eNewsletter

Our aim is to keep you updated on housing sector news and legal developments. We'll also throw in some updates on Forbes and keep you abreast of our latest seminars, conferences and un-missable practical Guides on a range of housing and regeneration issues.

The Forbes Housing and Regeneration team

Diversify or die? Developing Affordable Housing after 2018

With HCA funding for development of affordable homes expected to disappear in 2018, Registered Providers need to act now. Implementing new revenue streams, within the HCA regulatory framework, will ensure Registered Providers are in the strongest possible situation before the funding ends.

The Forbes Housing & Regeneration Team invite you to attend their conference which will provide practical advice and information to support Registered Providers through this period of change and cuts to funding.
Confirmed speakers and topics include -

  • Bronwen Rapley, Deputy Director, Investigation & Enforcement at The Homes & Communities Agency
  • Jon Sawyer, Head of Private Rent and Custom Build Housing, Igloo Regeneration
  • Diversification and Tax: Planning for New Income - Angela Cross, Tax Director & Jim Gempton, VAT Director, BDO LLP
  • Diversification and TUPE: Who goes where? - Jonathan Holden, Partner, Forbes Solicitors
  • Providing Services to the Market: Structures and Strictures - Daniel Milnes, Partner, Forbes Solicitors
  • Private Rented Sector: Lucy Worrall, Head of Housing & Regeneration (Property), Forbes Solicitors and Jon Sawyer, Head of Private Rent and Custom Build Housing, Igloo Regeneration
  • Case Study on Diversification: Brian Cronin, Chief Executive, Your Housing
  • Diversification and Risk: The Insurance Perspective - Zurich Insurance

Registration and refreshments are at 9am and the seminar will conclude at around 4pm.

Please click here to book a place.

The conference will cost £45 + VAT including lunch. Book 3 places and receive the 4th free of charge.

A Winning Combination for Inside Housing

Lucy Worrall, Head of Housing & Regeneration (Property) recently featured on Inside Housing discussing the thorny issues all landlords should be aware of in relation to land inclusive, back to back or package deals.

The article featured earlier in the summer and Lucy answered several frequently asked questions that she is often faced with.

To read the full article please click here.

The Guinness Partnership gets Tough on Anti Social Behaviour

The Guinness Partnership, one of the country's leading providers of affordable housing, has sent out a strong message to residents who commit anti social behaviour in its properties by securing a Possession Order against one of its residents.

The Guinness Partnership began accelerated possession proceedings read the full article please click here.

Sixth Time Lucky for Forbes' Cricketers

It proved to be sixth time lucky for the Forbes' Cricket Team who were victorious at the Forbes' Housing & Regeneration Cricket Day.

The annual tournament, held at Vernon Carus CC, was held on one of the hottest days of the year. The fiercely competive event saw Forbes face City West in the final. City West opted to bat first and set the bar high but Forbes responded to secure their first ever win.

Thanks to all of the teams who took part and fingers crossed for good weather next year!

Commencement of New ASB Tools - 20 October 2014

Following commencement of the new discretionary grounds for possession in May, the Home Office has confirmed that the remainder of the ASB Powers which were introduced by the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 ('the Act') will come into force on 20 October 2014.

At Forbes Solicitors, we welcome the new powers which we hope will provide our clients with swifter, more cost effective solutions to deal with ASB. The new tools which are most likely to benefit our clients can be read the full article please click here.

Housing Shortage in the North West continues

Recent reports from the National Housing Federation ("NHF") have revealed that the housing shortage in the North West is pushing house prices and private rents out of reach for local workers, and things are only going to get worse by 2020.

The NHF warns that while workers in the region have seen the average wage rise read the full article please click here.

Article 8 and Private Sector Tenancies

Earlier this week, the Court of Appeal decided that a possession order granted to a private landlord of an assured shorthold tenancy did not breach Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

In the case of McDonald v McDonald [2014] EWCA Civ 1049, the tenant appealed against a decision to uphold a possession order granted in favour of the landlords' receivers. The facts of the case were that the tenant is vulnerable and suffers from a disorder which makes her particularly upset by changes in her environment. The tenant held an assured shorthold tenancy in respect of her property. The landlords of the property….to read the full article please click here.

The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 - 9 Months On

Since the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 ('the Act') came into force in October 2013, social landlords have been able to apply for an unlawful profit order, requiring a tenant to repay any profit they made from unlawfully subletting their property.

We are now beginning to see the impact the new legislation is having in helping social landlords clamp down on unlawful subletting. In March this year it was reported that Viridian won a judgment of….to read the full article please click here.

Mitchell Update

On 4th July 2014, the Court of Appeal issued new guidance in granting relief from sanctions, following several months of uncertainty in the lower courts following the decision in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd.

Lord Dyson upheld three appeals relating to relief from sanctions under rule 3.9 Civil Procedure Rules. Whilst stating that the decision in Mitchell remained 'substantially sound', Lord Dyson also highlighted that guidance within the judgment had been 'misunderstood and is….to read the full article please click here.

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