COVID-19 and issuing possession proceedings: Clearing up some uncertainty
16/04/20
There has been some confusion and many questions around serving notices and taking possession proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to clarify the position in England and Wales for social housing providers.
COVID-19 and information law: What does it mean for housing providers?
16/04/20
There are many concerns about the disruption and impact on business activity of the COVID-19 outbreak. In light of the changing circumstances, we have set out some key information law considerations and what it might mean for our housing clients.
COVID-19: The impact on lending
15/04/20
The impact and outcome of COVID-19 may result in a technical breach of funding covenants, giving funders extensive powers. We explore the issues organisations could face and provide some top tips for the best results for your business.
COVID-19 and the new General Permitted Development Order
09/04/20
The General Permitted Development Order 2020 came into effect on 9 April, allowing local authorities and certain health service bodies to carry out development for dealing with emergencies. We look at its effect and impact in the current climate.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – How does it work in practice?
07/04/20
The government seeks to protect employment and avoid redundancies during the COVID-19 crisis by introducing the CJRS. With limited guidance available for this new employment concept, we answered some practical queries concerning housing organisations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.