MSB’s Social Housing Highlight – February

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

The latest at MSB

This month, Andy MooreAmy Tagoe and Rachael Payne delivered a free virtual training session on Leasehold Breaches. Louise Murphy also was involved in the Liverpool Law Society Annual Disrepair Conference delivering a talk on drafting witness statements in disrepair matters.

Some of the team have been getting involved in filming in preparation for our next free webinar with the help of Mark McGann of Drama Direct. It’s not to be missed – be sure to sign up, below!

Amy Tagoe, along with other MSB colleagues, took part in the Dragon Dancing at the Chinese New Year parade earlier this month – it was fantastic to be part of the celebrations.

One of our trainees, Brook Holroyd is moving into our Employment team to continue her training. We wish her the very best of luck with her next seat!

In the next instalment of our MSB Book Club, our recommended read is ‘The Happiest Man on Earth: the beautiful life of Auschwitz survivor Eddie Jaku’. You can read the latest Book Club update, here.

Updates and insight

Beth McKeown reminds us of the importance of following the correct evictions process. Read More

Andrew Fairman provides a building safety update. Read More

Amy Tagoe shares her tips for dealing with tenants who are failing to maintain their garden. Read More

Housing Law News

Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (Commencement No 3) Regulations

On 31st January 2022 Section 3 in relation to children as victims of domestic abuse came into force.

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Levelling up White Paper

On 2nd February 2022 the DLUHC published its white paper on levelling up. The keys points were in relation to housing were that the 80/20 rule will be scrapped with funding being diverted to transforming brownfield sites in the North and Midlands and the government will commit further to building genuinely affordable social housing.

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CPR Part 65 – ASB

Amendments to the CPR come into force on 6th April 2022 with regards to applications for demotion / suspension of right to buy claims and for applications for injunctions under Part 1 the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

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Upcoming events

2nd March 2022

Our next free webinar, ‘ASB – Best Practice’ is coming up, where we’ll be sharing advice alongside Janine Green of Janine Green ASB, and will be showing a mock trial scenario to show you the do’s and don’t’s.

Register here.

Case of the month

Northwood (Solihull) Ltd v Fearn & Ors (2022) EWCA Civ 40

The case considered who can sign documents on behalf of a landlord. Philip Coburn has provided a helpful summary below.

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