MSB’s Social Housing Highlight – August

Bringing you all the latest updates from the world of Social Housing.

The latest at MSB

Earlier this month Phillip Coburn and Andy Moore delivered our free monthly webinar on Drafting Notices. Phillip has also been out delivering bespoke training to businesses. If you are interested in arranging training sessions with the team, or attending our free webinars, please contact

We have welcomed three new team members to the Cheshire office. Jessica Jones has started the first seat of her training contract with us, Roisin Fay has joined as a paralegal and Catherine Osbourne joined us as a legal admin assistant. They are already great additions to the team!

The firm has been supporting Pride this month, taking part in both the Liverpool and Manchester Pride March. You may also have seen some of the MSB team on digital screens across Liverpool sharing inspirational messages from the LGBTQ+ community.

Our Wills and Probate team have been working with One Manchester and have provided free wills to 10 of their residents. We love supporting great causes, so if you have any projects you would like us to get involved with,please contact

We’ve been celebrating some good news in the office. Andrew Fairman welcomed a new addition to the family with the birth of his baby daughter and Beth McKeown and Julia Michalczyk passed their LPC. Congratulations!

Andy Moore, Amy Tagoe and Rachael Payne are taking part in the Dragon Race next month raising money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. If you would like to help them reach their £1,000 fundraising target, please visit this link:

Our recommended Book Club read this month is This Much is True by Miriam Margolyes. Read the latest newsletter here.

Updates and insight

Phillip Coburn discusses a recent successful case he was involved in involving a Party Wall Act dispute. Read More

Rachael Payne highlights the importance of seeking legal advice in possession proceedings and summarises a recent case where things went very wrong for the landlord. Read More

Louise Murphy summarises important points to consider in relation to rent setting in Social Housing. Read More

Housing Law News

Anti-Social Behaviour Principles

The Anti-social Behaviour Strategic Board has developed a set of principles which seek to describe a consistent approach to understanding and addressing ASB in local communities. Read more.

Social Housing Regulation Bill

The committee stage of the Social Housing Regulation Bill begins on 6th September 2022.

Deadline for submissions to the consultation on electrical safety in Social Housing.

Any evidence and submissions in relation to the consultations on electrical safety in social housing must be submitted by 31st August 2022.

New funding announced to improve housing and support for vulnerable tenants.

On 3rd August 2022 the DLUHC announced that a number of Local Authorities would receive over £6 million in funding towards supported housing. Read more.

Housing Ombudsman.

From 1st October 2022 changes will be brought into the Housing Ombudsman Service to make it easier for residents to access the service. Read more.

Upcoming events

7th September 2022

Our next free webinar, ‘Effective Management of Cluttered and Hoarded Properties’ is on 7th September 2022 via Zoom. Please email to book your place. If you want to be added to our mailing list to receive updates on free training and events, please get in touch.

Case of the month

Khan v Mehmood (No. 2 Cost) 2022 EWCA Civ 1075

The court considered what was a reasonable period of time for repairs to be completed. A full copy of the judgment is available here and Thomas Stockton provides a helpful summary here.