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Forbes Solicitors

Housing & Regeneration eNews
September 2016

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

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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 Capital Economics Analysis and the recent result 'Achieving the Ambition' published almost simultaneously, is critical of the Government's ability to meet their target to build one million homes by read the full article, please click here.

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 sector.’ read the full article, please click here.

Pay to Stay – A bureaucratic nightmare?

Since the idea of pay to stay was introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 there was 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 stay work in read the full article, please click here.

Housing & Asset Management Conference

9am - 3.30pm, Thursday 29th September 2016
Leeds Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, LS1 6ET, Leeds.

The Forbes' Housing & Regeneration Team are hosting a full day conference including break out sessions giving delegates the opportunity to attend the sessions most relevant to them and their organisation.  Sessions include; rent possession masterclass, ASB workshop disrepair workshop, mental health and equality act view the full programme or book a place, please click here


Welcome to our new spotlight feature. Each month we will shine the spotlight on a certain area of our Housing and Regeneration team and this month it's the turn of our specialist Right to Buy and Right to Acquire sales team member Lauren Boyle.

Lauren BoyleWhat do I do?

I deal with right to buy sales for a large number of our RP clients on a national basis.   I really enjoy this work as it is fast paced and requires lots of organisation to meet deadlines.   The Housing and Regeneration (Property) Department is a fantastic team to work in with endless amounts of support.  The case management system we have for our right to buy and right to acquire sales is a fantastic tool to ensure that deadlines are met, things are never missed and our processes are slick; also in formulating weekly reports for clients.

The last twelve months have seen quite an increase in the amount of instructions we have received from new and existing clients. We are also preparing (ourselves and helping our clients to) for the impact of the voluntary right to buy by delivering increasing amounts of training to clients on various aspects including training on systems, efficiencies and the right to buy process and legislation

Describe yourself in three words

Honest, Dedicated and Organised [Ed - and fun!]

Favourite holiday destination

New York, mainly because I was proposed to on Brooklyn Bridge!

Hobbies and interests

I am currently planning my wedding (I always get shouted at for calling it ‘my’ wedding).  We are due to get married in 7 months.  I call it my ‘hobby and interest’ but it feels more like a full time job at the moment…Albeit a very enjoyable one!

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