Housing sector

We have extensive knowledge of housing sector law. Our specialist legal teams provide advice and support to local authority housing departments, ALMOs and Registered Providers (RPs), as well as private developers with a range of legal services including title due diligence, leases and licences, stock transfers, procurement, contract formation, construction issues, corporate and third sector governance, facilities management, planning law and compulsory purchase, development agreements and s106 agreements.

Our social housing clients consult us on real estate, construction, corporate, employment and procurement matters as well as statutory and regulatory requirements and the application of public sector equality duties. We also advise on housing management issues, variation of the terms of tenancy agreements and stock transfers.

As a firm, we have a long history of working with housing providers and the contractors that operate in the market.

We regularly advise on contracts/programmes for improvement work, repair, maintenance, cleansing and grounds maintenance. We are currently acting for a London Council on their major borough-wide new homes scheme. We also deal with and support our housing clients in relation to construction disputes through our SP Adjudication team.

Our Social Housing team regularly acts for RPs and ALMOs in relation to their property portfolios including disposals and acquisitions, leasehold management and title due diligence.

We also regularly advise our clients and act for them in a wide range of disputes involving housing and leasehold issues, including:

  • Possession cases based on anti-social behaviour and nuisance
  • Disputed succession and under-occupation
  • Unauthorised occupation and trespass
  • Possession proceedings
  • Applications for injunctions to prevent ASB and compliance with tenancy conditions
  • Leasehold issues
  • Lessee obligations
  • Service charge disputes in the First Tier Property Tribunal
  • Applications by landlords for dispensation under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985

Our Dispute Resolution team also undertakes a wide range of regulatory housing work for local authorities under the provisions of the Housing Act 2004. This includes:

Assisting with appeals against enforcement action taken under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004 involving the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

Prosecuting failures to licence both Houses in Multiple Occupation under Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 and other houses subject to selective licensing under Part 3 of the Act

Prosecuting breaches of the HMO Management Regulations or the conditions attached to a Selective Property Licence

Assisting with appeals against civil penalties levied by local authorities pursuant to s.249A as an alternative to prosecutions

We can also assist any authorities looking to introduce Additional or Selective Licensing in their Borough and provide advice on proposed schemes, consultation requirements and implementation.

  • Our clients include CityWest Homes, Slough Borough Council, Milton Keynes Council and Your MK, East Thames Housing Association, LB Southwark, Notting Hill Genesis, Metropolitan Thames Valley and Lewisham Homes.
  • Acting for MHT in negotiating the Lease of their new head office in Hatton Garden.
  • Acting for Lewisham Homes to carry out early due diligence on sites ear-marked for development across the Borough and advising on potential impediments to development.
  • Acting for Redbridge Living to carry out early site due diligence in relation to proposed mixed use schemes across the Borough and advising on potential site issues.
  • Acting for a London Borough on their major borough – wide new homes scheme.

Going Green

It is vital for the legal industry to support the environmental agenda. Our specialist teams are finding more and more ways to support our clients green goals and obligations. Visit our green goals page for more details on how we can achieve green aims both for our clients in the work we do as well as a business and employer.

Key contacts:

Senior Partner, Head of Construction

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