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Housing & Regeneration eNews

July 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

Forbes' CIH Round Up

As the CIH conference draws to an end for another year, we highlight some of the main talking points from the conference.

DAY 1 - CEO Welcome and Address

CIH Chief Executive Grainia Long outlined her vision for housing in the lead-up to the election in 2015 read the full article please click here.

Scalextric Success at CIH

The Forbes' Housing & Regeneration team welcomed hundreds of people onto their stand during the CIH exhibition, many of those were trying to record the fastest lap on our custom built scalextric track. Congratulations to Sam Van Deventer from Circle Housing who recorded the fastest lap time of 10.176 seconds.

If you didn't have chance to visit our the stand and pick up a copy of the latest Forbes' Housing & Regeneration newsletter during the exhibtion you can read a copy here.

Forbes' CIH Drinks Event

Over 70 guests joined the Forbes’ Housing & Regeneration Team at Rain Bar in Manchester to watch England’s final group game against Costa Rica.

Despite a rather boring no score draw the event was bustling with guests enjoying a BBQ supper whilst discussing the CIH exhibition and conference. Guests from Registered Providers, Architects and the Housing Press networked with the Forbes’ Housing & Regeneration Team which includes staff from the Employment, Housing Litigation, Development and Regeneration, Corporate, Governance and Procurement, Dispute Resolution and Family Teams.

Congratulations to the lucky winners of the Champagne for guessing the time and team of the first yellow card.

Partnership Working for Development Teams - The Issues and Pitfalls

Forbes Solicitors recently welcomed over 30 guests to a seminar on Partnership Working for Development Teams and the issues and pitfalls which may arise. The event was held in central Manchester on 4 June 2014 and a large number of prominent RPs in the North were represented.

Lucy Worrall, Partner and Head of Housing and Regeneration (Property) talked in detail about land inclusive back to back deals. Lucy set out the legal and practical differences..... to read the full article please click here.

Right to Buy Discount Increases

The Right to Buy scheme was introduced in 1980 and is designed to assist social tenants buy their home at a discount throughout the UK. Since 2012 the maximum discounts were increased from as little as £16,000 in some areas, to £75,000 in others. Under new legislation, the maximum discount for a house purchased under Right to Buy will increase read the full article please click here.

Housing Associations Lobby HSE for Change in Gas Access Law

Following 3 Housing Associations being reprimanded by the Homes and Communities Agency for issues with their gas safety procedure, some social landlords have begun to complain that it seems unfair that they are subject to strict requirements yet have very little power to force tenants to allow access.

As a result, a number of social landlords are lobbying the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for an amendment to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 to allow… to read the full article please click here.

Diversify or die? Developing Affordable Housing after 2018

23rd September 2014, 9am until 4pm. Village Hotel, Waterfold Business Park, Rochdale Road, Bury, BL9 7DB.

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.

The conference will feature a keynote speaker from the HCA.

To register your interest contact Catherine Furniss on 01254 222305 or email

Alternatively you can register online here.

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

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