Building homes and communities is a tough job with tight deadlines. We’re used to this as our team has worked for house builders, contractors, care homes and registered providers of social housing over many years.
WE COVER IT.
We have a range of specialisms available. If you are a developer, housing association, contractor, or provider of support or care services, we can help you with all the legal issues you might encounter. From selling, planning, employment and HR, tenancy agreements, to lettings and allocations, policies, agreements with local authorities, anti-social behaviour and everything in between!
We have renowned experts who have worked with providers both large and small in the fields of 'general needs', 'supported' and 'extra-care' housing schemes.
WHEREVER,WHENEVER YOU NEED US.
We’re proud of the fact that our lawyers tend to be embedded within their clients’ organisations and are part of their team. We know it’s not a 9 to 5 job. We’re available whenever you need us, wherever you need us.
We also know that the traditional method of charging by time spent doesn’t work for many of our clients, so we can also offer fixed fees or ongoing retainers to suit your business.
We offer a one-stop shop for tenancy compliance and anti-social behaviour teams. We can deal with a whole case or any aspect of it, whatever you need. Some of our housing associations only need us to represent them in court, where others like us to draft witness statements and co-ordinate the whole process from start to finish.
LETTINGS & ALLOCATIONS.
We can offer assistance with housing policies and procedures - drafting from scratch, or simply reviewing, checking compliance with current legislation and good practice.
RIGHT TO BUY | RIGHT TO ACQUIRE.
We often assist our clients with applications from tenants under the RTB/RTA schemes, particularly where the cases are complicated (often involving issues of succession or assignment, or concerns over fraud).
We can assist with service charges, whether its advising on unforeseen costs, drafting a new tenancy agreement, or dealing with a dispute. This area of law can be very complicated. But we pride ourselves on cutting through it, to give you clear advice on what you need to do - as opposed to providing you with pages of legislation and case law!
SHARED OWNERSHIP & AFFORDABLE RENTS.
We are familiar with the various models of affordable housing and the rules which govern the use of it by RPs and others. We can advise on and create shared ownership schemes and naturally we can deal with any disputes relating to shared ownership issues.
We have specialist employment lawyers on hand to deal with HR queries and to guide you through this ever-changing area of regulation.
DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING.
Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or developing new or existing schemes we can assist with the legal documentation and obtain the necessary planning consents. Our planners are familiar with many of the local authorities across the country and can save you time and money. We are also able to handle bulk plot sales|purchases at very competitive rates.
We advise on providing new finance and refinancing, public Bond issues and private placements by housing association borrowers. This includes the negotiation and completion of documentation for secured loan facilities from private sector lenders and institutional investors as well as social housing project finance and advice on the use of facilities to fund new projects.
We can assist with a range of governance issues, from constitutional matters and general company law to consumer credit, regulatory compliance, property disposal consent and LSVT advice. Our lawyers are experienced in acting for Registered Providers of Social Housing and understand governance concerns which are specific to the sector.