Social Housing

Over the last 30 years, Hugh James has established itself as one of the leading social housing law firms.

Hugh James is passionate about social housing. Our specialist Social Housing team has extensive experience and expertise and we are committed to making a contribution to housing regeneration and creating neighbourhoods where people want to live.


Summary

By working in partnership with you our social housing team can help you to make real differences in local communities. We draw on experience and insight gained from advising providers of social housing services for over 30 years.

Our client base includes over 40 Housing Associations and Local Authorities. We are therefore able to offer unparalleled strength and depth in our expertise and are able to provide a full legal service to all our social housing clients.

The requirements demanded by private sector funders are also very familiar to us. We have acted for lenders and for housing association borrowers in negotiating complex facility agreements. 

Experience

  • Numerous acquisitions of land for development by Housing Associations, being both affordable housing land under Section 106 Agreements with house builders, and as part of inner city regeneration schemes.
  • Acted on behalf of a RSL in connection with University Student Accommodation project, involving the design, construction, finance and maintenance of facilities over a 30 year period. The private finance project had a Capital Value of £40million.
  • Provided training to all housing staff of an RSL on the legal differences between secure and assured tenancies. Also trained housing staff on their new tenancies.
  • Dealing with volume acquisitions and subsequent site set up for the purpose of onward homebuy sales.
  • We acted on the first acquisition by a Welsh RSL of a non-RSL and have subsequently acted on a number of further acquisitions. In all cases we were required to gain the consent of the Welsh Government.
  • We represented an RSL in relation to objections to an application for village green status on land owned by their local County Council to include representation at the inquiry.
  • Acted for an RSL in defending compensation claims brought by private home owners in relation to work carried out as part of the Glyntaff Estate stock transfer.
  • Advised an RSL on legality of bonus schemes for trades operatives and tenant incentive schemes including rent draw systems.
  • Dealing with volume acquisitions and subsequent site set up for the purpose of onward homebuy sales.

Anti-social behaviour

We were the first legal team to set up a dedicated Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. In this time that unit has developed unrivalled expertise in acting with social landlords to tackle anti-social behaviour and illegal activity within their housing stock. The team provides a flexible service which can be tailored to your needs enabling your anti-social behaviour cases to be dealt with as efficiently and economically as possible.

This is now part of our housing management offering.

We regularly provide advice on the following:

  • Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – advising on all remedies available, including:
    • Closure Power, Community Protection Notice and Public Spaces Protection Order
  • civil injunctions, without notice/on short notice
  • committals for breach of injunctions;
  • complex cases involving ECHR;
  • demotions;
  • effective early intervention;
  • housing law and Mental Capacity Act 2005;
  • housing law and the Equality Act 2010;
  • introductory tenancies;
  • notices of seeking possession;
  • notices before proceeding of demotion;
  • notices to quit;
  • possession actions; and
  • starter tenancies.

Housing management

Hugh James have unrivalled experience and expertise in this area. We advise on housing management issues on a daily basis. Our comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter enables us to provide practical solutions at all times and also provide support and advice in advance of any relevant legal developments or changes.

We recognise our clients’ individual needs, tailoring documentation to your particular requirements and offering practical solutions. The Housing Management Unit has an unrivalled reputation in Wales in this area. The firm set up one of the first specialist Anti Social Behaviour Units in the UK.

Hugh James draft, review and amend all forms of occupancy agreements for all types of housing, including leases, licences and tenancies. We use up-to-date model agreements, based on published agreements alongside our own precedents, to draft and review management and service level agreements.

We can draft and review your housing management policies, handbooks and manuals. We have an up-to-date knowledge of regulatory requirements and best practice providing you with the assurance of expertise that you need.

For more information see our Housing Management pages.

Team

The work has been absolutely brilliant, even on some complex, long-standing cases. They have a lot of expertise around housing law.

The team at Hugh James have become an extension of our office, they’re part of our team. They make you feel comfortable and nothing is too much trouble for them.
Chambers 2016

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