MSB’s Social Housing Highlight – July

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

The latest at MSB

Earlier this month, Andrew Fairman and Amy Tagoe delivered our free monthly webinar on Compliance and Building Safety. If you are interested in arranging training sessions with the team, please contact

We had a great time at the CIH Housing Conference. We loved hosting talks on the knowledge stage and welcoming our clients to a drinks reception on the Wednesday evening at our new Manchester office. Throughout the course of the conference, we attended some particularly interesting talks and enjoyed building on our knowledge, as well as socialising and networking over the three days. Beth McKeown kept a diary of what we got up to over the three days, read more here.

We were proud to support the UK’s first formal ASB Awareness week; a week designed to shine light on the effects of anti-social behaviour. Over the course of the week, we shared our most memorable ASB results on social media and Andy Moore and Phillip Coburn had the pleasure of travelling down to London to attend the Resolve ASB Conference. Read more about the week and its events here.

We were thrilled to welcome a new paralegal,Fariyad Saeed, to MSB’s Cheshire office. Fariyad is already a great addition to the team.

The firm have been supporting Mandela8 this month as they hosted a week of events for Mandela Week. In line with the celebrations, our team have been leaving little cups of kindness on colleague’s desk to show how much we appreciate them. Rachael Payne was lucky enough to attend the Mandela week’s Gala dinner and hear from inspirational speakers, including Nelson Mandela’s daughter.

We have been getting out into the community and into local schools to inspire the next generation and encourage those who may not have thought a career in law was possible for them. Read more here. We love supporting great causes, so if you have any projects you would like us to get involved with, please contact

Also, this month Rachael Payne and George Chai represented MSB at our exhibit at the Manchester Business Fair and Amy Tagoe attended the Women in Property Lunch at the Athenaeum in Liverpool.

Our recommended Book Club read this month is Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. Read the latest newsletter here.

Updates and insight

Michelle Summers explains the recent Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman report on best practice when making reasonable adjustments pursuant to the Equality Act. Read More

Beth McKeown explains the importance of a Part 35 compliant expert report. Read More

Julia Michalczyk summarises the developments in the Building Safety Act 2022 and supporting regulations. Read More

Amy Tagoe discusses the impact of capacity on tenancy management. Read More

Rachael Payne shares what it is like to change direction. Read More

Housing Law News

Building Safety Act 2022

On 28th June 2022 the Building Safety Act 2022 came into force. Find more information about the measures introduced here.

Building Safety (Leaseholder Protection) (England) Regulations 2022

The regulations come into force on 20th July 2022 and support the leaseholder protection provisions in the Building Safety Act 2022. Find a copy of the regulations here.

Social Housing Regulation Bill

On 8th June the DLUHC introduced the Social Housing Regulation Bill. It had its second reading on the 27th June 2022. The committee stage has not yet scheduled.

End to PD55C

The last remaining requirement of PD55C ended on 30th June. Landlords are no longer be required to file and serve a notice about any known effect of coronavirus on a tenant.

Upcoming events

3rd August 2022

Our next free webinar, Drafting Notices- a Review is on 3rd August 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

R(TRX) v Network Homes Limited (2022) EWHC 456 (Admin) CO/3538/2021. Decisions taken by housing associations relating to management transfers are subject to judicial review. It was also held that when a decision is made it must not be generic and must explain properly and adequately why its policy criteria have not been satisfied to ensure the applicant understands why their application is being refused. A full copy of the judgment is available here.