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Housing & Regeneration eNews

September 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.

  • 9.30am: Registration

  • 10.00am: Welcome - Lucy Worrall, Head of Housing & Regeneration (Property), Forbes Solicitors

  • 10.05 am: Bronwen Rapley, Deputy Director, Investigation & Enforcement - Homes and Communities Agency

  • 11.00am: Breakout Session 1

    A) Diversification and Tax: Planning for New Income - Angela Cross, Tax Director & Jim Gempton, VAT Director, BDO LLP


    B) Providing Services to the Market: Structures and Strictures - Daniel Milnes, Forbes Solicitors

  • 11.45am: Breakout Session 2

    C) Diversification and TUPE: Who goes where? - Jonathan Holden, Forbes Solicitors


    D) Private Rent and Open Market Sales – Issues for RPs - Lucy Worrall, Forbes Solicitors & Jon Sawyer, Head of Private Rent and Custom Build Housing, Igloo Regeneration & Chair of HouseMark

  • 12.30pm: Lunch and networking

  • 1.30pm: The Big Debate - Should RPs diversify? Jon Sawyer, Head of Private Rent and Custom Build Housing, Igloo Regeneration & Chair of HouseMark and Jennifer Wong, Vice President- Senior Analyst, Moody's Investors Service Limited

  • 2.30pm: Case Study on Diversification: Brian Cronin, Chief Executive, Your Housing

  • 3.10pm: Diversification and Risk: The Insurance Perspective - Zurich Insurance

  • 4.00pm: Closing remarks

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.

Right to Buy Discount for Houses is Increased

Following earlier approval by both Houses of Parliament, The Housing (Right to Buy) (Maximum Percentage Discount) (England) Order 2014 came into force on 21 July 2014, offering a 70 per cent maximum percentage discount for prospective Right to Buy applicants of houses in England - an increase of 10 per cent from 2012. This brings the maximum discount available for houses in line with flats.

Although the Prime Minister had previously revealed the government's intention read the full article please click here.

Forbes assists the Guinness Partnership in gaining possession of an unlawfully sublet property

Guinness Hermitage, a division of the Guinness Partnership, has taken possession of one of its properties in Cheltenham following reports that the tenant was unlawfully subletting the flat whilst working abroad.

An anonymous tip off was posted on the Gloucestershire Tenancy Fraud Forum website saying that the occupier of a property in Lansdown Crescent, Cheltenham was subletting. Guinness Hermitage staff read the full article please click here.

The Care Act 2014 - An Introduction

In May 2014 the government announced the introduction of the new Care Act 2014, which is set to deliver the government's response to the Francis Inquiry which unveiled the serious failures of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. As a result of lobbying by the National Housing Foundation, social landlords and housing providers across England and Wales have been placed right at the heart of the Act through the statutory 'well-being principle'. This principle includes in its definition that the suitability of living accommodation is one of the key elements of the well-being of an individual.

From April 2015, social landlords and housing providers will have greater read the full article please click here.

Anti-social couple banned from keeping dogs following swift action

An Accrington woman has been taken to court for anti-social behaviour after neighbours complained about threats of violence and that her dog had attacked an eight-year-old child.

Janine Thompson, aged 33, and her partner Basha Ullah, aged 28, of West Crescent, have each been served with an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction and banned from keeping dogs at the house.

The legal action was taken by landlord Hyndburn Homes, part of Symphony Housing Group, following an investigation into issues including rubbish, screaming and shouting, and reports of threatening behaviour.

The year-long injunctions also forbid the read the full article please click here.

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