Housing & Regeneration

  • Overview
  • Working with clients
  • Housing sector participants, in particular registered providers and local authorities, are experiencing significant upheaval and disruption. The structural change across the housing sector is resulting in dynamic and innovative responses from registered providers and local authorities who are rising to the challenge of saving costs and generating flows of capital and revenue to deliver the housing the nation needs.

    Some of the biggest challenges are:

    • UK Government's call for registered providers to contribute towards the building of the 200,000+ homes needed to meet demand.
    • Registered providers and local authorities needing to compete with private sector developers and housebuilders for key development sites.
    • The impact of new policies, including universal credit, the 1% annual rent reductions until 2019, the capping of Housing Benefit (and its payment direct to tenants), and changes to Right to Buy (RTB), which all impact significantly on funding and delivery strategies in business plans.
    • The Social Housing Regulator's increasing focus on registered providers delivering tangible value for money in their core activities.

    How can we help?

    Bevan Brittan is one of the UK market-leading legal advisors to registered providers and local authorities in the housing sector. We work with over 60 housing associations, many local authorities, ALMOs and over half of the London boroughs on their housing and regeneration activity.

    In the housing sector, our unique experience of working with both the public and private sectors means we can provide the crucial interface to facilitate joint ventures and joined-up working through ensuring aligned commercial and legal objectives underpin long-term relationships.

    We advise on all legal issues affecting the housing sector:

    • ALMOs
    • Asset Management
    • Care and Support
    • Care Villages
    • Charities
    • Construction
    • Corporate
    • Employment and pensions
    • Finance and security
    • Governance
    • Health and safety
    • Housing delivery vehicles
    • Housing services and litigation
    • Information law
    • Joint ventures
    • Planning and environment
    • Private rented sector/build to rent
    • Regeneration

     

  • Working with our clients

    Development/Corporate

    Our innovative work with local authorities and health bodies in public procurement and regulation means that we can help registered providers structure and deliver the commercial opportunities to partner with other public sector partners. For example, we are market leaders advising on the setting up of joint ventures and housing delivery vehicles (for the development and/or ownership of open market, private rented, temporary accommodation as well as social housing).

    We advised Brighton & Hove City Council upon their c.£170m corporate joint venture with Hyde Housing Group to deliver 1,000 new homes, being one of the first such partnerships of its kind and scale in the country, and expected to be a model followed by others.  Places for People and Urban Splash on their corporate joint venture with Birmingham City Council and the Canal & River Trust for the regeneration of the Icknield Port Loop development to deliver over 1,150 homes, other community facilities and infrastructure.

    Governance/Regulatory

    We are well-placed to support Compliance and Governance requirements in an environment of increasing commercialisation and de-regulation. We help register provider and local authority clients pursue commercial opportunities for growth whilst core social housing assets are protected. For example, how social rented housing and private rented housing incorporate a commercial investment asset portfolio with different standards apply to these different asset categories and we will be able to help clients put in place appropriate systems to enable their businesses to operate as freely as they can to compete with market competitors which do not have such complexity in their operating models.

    We assisted 30+ Local Authorities in the set-up and funding of housing delivery vehicles, including a number of HCA-registered provider subsidiaries for the reinvestment of RTB receipts into social housing.

    Housing Management

    Our clients are increasingly requiring support for effective service charge collection. This is an area where the law is complicated and heavily regulated by statute. We have provided bespoke training to clients on this area. We have also developed a bespoke, highly competitive fixed fee solution to enable recoveries to be outsourced with confidence and cost certainty.

    We advise both Housing Associations and Local Authorities on issues, including the introduction of fixed term tenancies, "pay to stay" arrangements, voluntary RTB, anti-social behaviour enforcement and rent repossession proceedings, as well as disrepair, service charge and succession disputes.

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