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Rooftop rows: What does an imposed Code agreement mean for site providers and operators?

Lillee Reid-Hunt and Christos Paphiti consider a recent Upper Tribunal decision that provides useful guidance on what site providers and telecoms operators can expect from the terms of an imposed Code agreement, especially in relation to upgrading and sharing of equipment and ballpark consideration and compensation figures. Read more
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February 04, 2021

Cladding crisis victims “should not be left out of pocket”: Law Society

The Law Society has called on the Government to protect leaseholders from the costs of making their homes safe from potentially deadly cladding.
February 04, 2021

Major housing association fires starting gun on £13m legal services framework

One of the largest social landlords in the UK, Sovereign Housing Association, is to procure a legal services framework worth an estimated £13.6m.
February 04, 2021

Borough and county councils in row over restrictive covenant and proposed student housing scheme

The threat of a legal dispute between Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council has emerged over a proposed development for the site of the town’s former bus station.
February 03, 2021

Housing sector arrears reach record levels as lockdown bites: report

Arrears in the housing sector have reached a record high, with more than £1bn now outstanding, according to the latest HouseMark COVID-19 impact data.


February 02, 2021

Incapacious respondents to closure order proceedings: Ealing LBC v M

Siân McGibbon and Joshua Hitchens analyse the subject of incapacious respondents to closure order proceedings following a recent ruling.
February 02, 2021

Terminating flexible tenancies

Anneli Robins analyses the Court of Appeal's ruling in a case where the principal issue was whether a landlord can terminate a fixed term secure flexible tenancy agreement prior to the expiry of the fixed term if no express provision is made in the tenancy agreement for re-entry or forfeiture.
February 02, 2021

Housing case law update - January 2021

Michael Owen, Natalie Hurst and Claire Hogan-Clark round up the latest judgments affecting housing associations and local authorities.
February 02, 2021

Fire safety, cladding and compartmentalisation

John Murray and Stephen Radcliffe consider key fire safety issues for social landlords including in relation to cladding and compartmentalisation.
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January 26, 2021

Supreme Court to consider whether claimants unsuccessful at permission stage of statutory and judicial review cases are liable for costs of multiple parties

The Supreme Court will this week hear a dispute over whether a claimant in statutory and judicial review cases who is unsuccessful at the permission stage should be liable for the costs of multiple other parties, including respondents and interested parties.
January 22, 2021

Use Class C2 or C3? - proceed with care

Sarah Skuse and Dalee Kaur look at a High Court ruling on whether a housing developer's retirement living scheme was classed as a residential institution or a dwelling.
January 22, 2021

Reviewing the risks facing the social housing sector

Jo Loake summarises the key points from the Sector risk profile 2020 issued by the Regulator of Social Housing.
January 15, 2021

Curing a breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty in possession proceedings

Christian Grierson and Simon Kiely examine the impact of a High Court judge’s ruling on whether a breach of the public sector equality duty (PSED) can be cured in possession proceedings.

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January 15, 2021

One more time - multiple planning permissions

Mark Child analyses a recent Court of Appeal judgment involving a national park authority and what it means for sites with multiple planning permissions and the practice of ‘drop-in’ permissions.
January 14, 2021

The halt on evictions (again)

Amy Kelly analyses the latest prohibition on enforcement of some possession orders in England and Wales.
January 13, 2021

PPN 11/20 and reserving contracts for local suppliers - a sting in the tail for local authorities

Local authorities should be wary of reserving contracts for local suppliers, as recommended by a recent Procurement Policy Note, writes Andrew Millross. Other contracting authorities may want to maximise their use of this guidance.
January 07, 2021

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018: Virtual workshop

Desmond Kilcoyne and Katherine Archer unpack the provisions in the Habitation Act 2018 and assess the significance of the new law.
January 05, 2021

Local authorities and the Charter for Social Housing Residents

In a previous article on the social housing white paper – the Charter for Social Housing Residents, Scott Dorling considered the issue of stigma and the charter's ambitions (or potential lack there of) to tackle the stigma associated with social housing. He now examines the charter's specific impacts on local authority landlords.
January 04, 2021

Housing case law update - December 2020

Christopher Skinner, Sarah Christy and Ian Larkins round up the latest judgments affecting housing associations and local authorities.
December 23, 2020

Procurement claims: practical insights on summary judgment and the automatic statutory suspension

Lynsey Oakdene sets out the lessons to be learned for contracting authorities and bidders from a recent procurement case concerning the award of a contract to provide an automatic number plate recognition system.
December 23, 2020

Leading the way in health and safety

Sarah Greenhalgh and Adam Kendall consider the National Housing Federation Code of Governance’s requirement for housing associations to treat health and safety as an ‘overriding priority’.
December 18, 2020

Social housing and stigma

Scott Dorling analyses the government's efforts to address the stigma associated with social housing.
December 16, 2020

Government proposals for procurement reform

Peter Ware discusses some of the key highlights from the Green Paper on procurement reform including a re-scoping of the underlying principles of public procurement, a streamlining of the recognised procurement procedures, and some potentially controversial proposals in relation to remedies.
December 11, 2020

Can you legally record video meetings?

Whilst video-conferencing via Zoom or Teams etc has allowed us to carry out our business relatively uninterrupted, they have also presented organisations with a new set of privacy considerations to take into account, writes Bronwen Jones.
December 11, 2020

Prior Approval consents

Beware the limitations and conditions of ‘Prior Approval’ consents, writes Izindi Visagie.