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Housing & Regeneration eNews
May 2015

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

Gas Servicing Team Complete Gas Safety Awareness Qualification

All of the Gas Servicing Team within the Housing Litigation Department at Forbes Solicitors recently completed their Level 2 qualification in Gas Safety Awareness in Social Housing.

The qualification, delivered by Morgan Lambert in conjunction with Logic Certification, not only reinforces the Gas Servicing Team's knowledge of the Gas Safety Regulations, but also gives them a practical insight into the role of a gas engineer, allowing them to have a greater...to read the full article, please click here

Forbes’ Housing & Regeneration Team Centralised

The Housing & Regeneration Department will now be centralised in Preston office offering a seamless service to clients.

The Property Team has moved over to Preston to join the other core housing departments including Employment & HR, Housing Management & Tenancy Enforcement and Corporate, Governance & Procurement.

Lucy Worrall, Partner and Head of Housing & Regeneration (Property) comments, “Although the teams making up the Housing & Regeneration Department at Forbes already work closely together, being together under one roof will enhance the service we offer our clients. We are also looking forward to making use of the excellent training facilities that the Preston office has to offer to clients.”

The move comes after several recent...to read the full article, please click here

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 construct their home, in accordance with their own personal specifications.

Individuals will have the power to choose exactly what they want from the colour of carpets and tiles in the kitchen to the layout, design, materials and energy performance. Whilst some RPs have already taken the plunge and built...to read the full article, please click here

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, with assistance from Forbes Solicitors.

The application was made on 13 April 2015 following an incident where a tenant attacked another neighbouring resident with a hammer. Contour Homes took decisive action....to read the full overview, please click here

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 on behalf of Registered Providers whilst Justine specialises in disrepair claims and rent possession actions.

Christine Land has joined the team from Croftons LLP as a Solicitor and will specialise in Leasehold disputes. She is skilled in legal research and enjoys finding practical solutions to complex and obscure legal queries.

Stuart Penswick, Head of Housing & Regeneration at Forbes comments, “I am delighted to welcome Christine, her appointment was made as a direct result of client demand following a number of tender wins. Congratulations to Sam and Justine, their promotions are well deserved.”

Pictured L- R: Christine Land, Sam Gorrell & Justine Hunkins

 


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 Help to Buy ISA.

The Help to Buy ISA, which is due to be made available later this year, is aimed at first time buyers and sees the Government....to read the full overview, please click here


Join us at Housing 2015

The Forbes' Housing and Regeneration Team will be at The Chartered Institute of Housing Exhibition in Manchester from Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th June.

Join us on stand F3 (to the right of the main entrance) and test your speed on our Scalextric track to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize. There is a bonus prize available for anyone who beats last years fastest lap time!

 

 

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