The whole housing sector is undergoing radical change, especially social housing. There’s a new focus on governance and financial viability, coupled with self-regulation. At the same time there’s a move away from building societies and banks towards other sources of funding, such as private investment.
These constraints are placing added pressure on supported housing services. Many of our customers are going through major changes to meet these challenges, such as forming group structures, while others remain independent, as they grapple with the same regulatory and financial constraints.
Our insightful legal expertise acting for registered providers, such as housing associations, as well as local authorities and private landlords, is complemented by in-depth insurance knowledge, advising specialist and household insurers in the sector.
Whatever you’re requirements, we always strive to deliver precise, practical legal advice. Our emphasis is on forging strong, sustainable partnerships by taking the time to understand your operations, priorities and vision. By fully embracing your objectives, we can draw upon the best legal skills to achieve them.
Our housing practice advises on anti-social behaviour, possession, drafting tenancy agreements and leases, and handling issues of access, including vulnerability or capacity issues. We deal with breaches of tenancy and covenants, frequently defending injury claims arising from defects or involving asset management.
We also advise on the interpretation of property contracts, protecting boundaries and dealing with trespass and nuisance claims, and we’re specialists in homelessness law, allocation issues and unlawful eviction, including defending Judicial Review challenges.
We don’t only help you respond to disputes, we also help you to avoid them in future, through our programme of training and workshops, knowledge sharing, risk assessments and policy reviews.