Housing
COVID-19: How to keep a planning permission alive
03/04/20
COVID-19 may result in planning and construction projects being halted by the authorities. We have identified key struggles housing providers will face when aiming to keep their planning permission, and set out a proactive approach to overcome each issue.
Housing
Repairs, disrepair and despair: Obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic
02/04/20
Social distancing measures pose challenges to landlords in meeting their contractual and statutory obligations in relation to repairs and safety inspections— we look at the legal position and what this means for RPs.
Housing
Dealing with anti-social behaviour during COVID-19 lockdown
02/04/20
It has been widely publicised that ASB cases are likely to rise during lockdown as tensions build. We discuss what this means for RPs who have obligations in tackling ASB in accordance with policy, procedures and regulation.
Housing
COVID-19: The new gas safety guidance – a risk based approach
31/03/20
Due to COVID-19, many social landlords have been clarifying their responsibilities to The Gas Safety Regulations. The new guidance emphasises the need to engage with tenants in a “pragmatic, common-sense approach” to meet regulatory requirements.
Housing
Top tips when considering your procurement options for COVID-19 issues
31/03/20
For housing providers reviewing contracts and their procurement options as a result of COVID-19 issues, we recommend using the Cabinet Office PPN 01/20 as a useful “checklist” of your options. We set out some practical tips and guidance to consider.
Housing
Dealing with anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic
31/03/20
The ‘social distancing’ measures across the UK have already seen a surge in anti-social behaviour (ASB) and domestic abuse. We explore the tools available to you to deal with anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse during this pandemic.
Housing
Moving House – Government guidelines during COVID-19
31/03/20
New Government guidance has been issued on the practicalities of moving home during the current COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. This Insight takes you through ​some practical considerations that need to be taken into account.
Housing
Commercial leases: Non-payment of rent
27/03/20
The Coronavirus Act includes a ban on forfeiture of commercial leases for non-payment of rent for the next 3 months, affecting RPs who are landlords of commercial units. Here are the practical steps you can take to minimise the impact on your business.
Housing
The impact of COVID-19 on County Court proceedings
27/03/20
The Coronavirus Act became law on 25 March 2020 and its provisions in respect of housing are now in force. We explore the housing provisions and your concerns around county court proceedings in the current climate.
Housing
COVID-19 delay clause for property contracts
26/03/20
An industry standard clause has been proposed to deal with COVID-19 delays. In this insight we explore, what the clause says and the impact it may have on you and your property contracts.
Housing
Fitness for Human Habitation – what does the act say?
25/03/20
Housing associations have been anticipating the full implementation of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. As of 20 March 2020, all relevant tenancies are now subject to the Act, via the amendment it makes to the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985.
Housing
COVID-19: Mutual exchanges in the current climate
25/03/20
Most RPs and LAs are now looking to focus their reduced services on urgent matters and are looking to see what can be stopped/delayed. We examine the impact on mutual exchanges, assured tenants and what this means for RPs.