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Social housing newsletter – Spring 2017

Welcome to the Spring edition of Clarke Willmott’s Social Housing sector newsletter. There has been a lot going on in the housing sector, in particular leading up to and following the deregulation measures that have now come into force since April 2017.

We provide an update on the various implications of these changes in the articles of this issue, covering pointers on what to consider when deciding to rationalise your stock, the type of notifications required by the regulator with regards to changes of structure and the types of notifications required for disposals.

There have been a number of departures from our sector in the last six months and we have used this opportunity to reshape our team and strengthen our sector’s offering. 11 new team members have joined so far in our London office and the work we do with social landlords remains a key priority and an area of expertise for us.

The highlight of the quarter though has been for us to attend the UK Housing Awards and to sponsor the “Outstanding approach to Anti-Social Behaviour” category. The work accomplished by all finalists and in particular the winners is remarkable. We congratulate the winner of the Anti-Social Behaviour category, Newham Council and Stockport Homes as being highly commended.

In this issue we also provide an update on a number of recent tenancy fraud cases, “Catch them if you can” with a number of top tips on how to succeed with such cases.

Meanwhile our sector’s activities and engagement have continued with a number of events: our Clarke Willmott Autumn Housing conference in Bristol on 17 January 2017 with Ann Santry, CEO of Sovereign as our guest speaker. The CIH South East conference in Brighton on 6-8 March and the NHF Finance conference in Liverpool on 22-23 March. We organised a Housing Law conference for HALA members on 23 March which was very well attended and took place at Cornerstone Chambers. Our relationships with industry bodies continue to grow, as we are members of the NHF, the CIH, Women in Social Housing (Wish) London, Wish South West, Wish Wales and Wish North West, Community Housing Cymru and the Social Housing Legal Association (SHLA).

We are planning more activities in the next quarter including, attending and speaking at the CIH South West conference this year in Bristol. Our Clarke Willmott Cardiff Housing conference on 16 May, with Amanda Davies, the CEO of Pobl Group. We are also attending the CIH housing conference, in Manchester in June. More details in “Our upcoming events”.

Social housing newsletter – Spring 2017
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Contents

  • Our upcoming events
  • Facing the challenge – recent developments in our Social Housing team
  • UK Housing Awards – Clarke Willmott sponsors housing ‘Oscar’
  • Catch them if you can – An update on tenancy fraud and non-occupation
  • The new notifications regime for disposals
  • Are you planning to rationalise your stock?
  • Notifying the regulator about constitutional changes