Social Housing

Our Social Housing Team provides sound, practical advice to local authorities, housing associations and social landlords. The team has worked within the social housing sector for a number of years, representing some of the biggest social housing landlords in the country. We are familiar with ethos and values and the need to be responsive and proactive.

We advise on Housing Management issues including all aspects of tenant management and wider property related disputes and Social Housing Property and Development issues relating to planning, construction, acquisition and disposal of social housing developments.

We have one of the largest teams of Social Housing specialists in the South West. Our location means we can offer specialist services in an extremely cost-effective way to London-based and nationally operating clients.


Relevant work

  • Assisting a client with preparation of new tenancy agreement and supporting policy documentation.
  • Advising a London Borough on procedures for redevelopment.
  • Acting for a client in contested possession action based on succession following death of tenant.
  • Acting for a client in possession claim based on subletting and non-occupation. 
  • Acting for a client in obtaining a closure order against a family causing significant problems in the neighbourhood.
  • Acting for two Housing Associations in the phased acquisition of the affordable housing provision (approximately 500 units).
  • Acting for a Housing Association in their acquisition and development of a mixed scheme of affordable and extra care dwellings.


Waiting for legal aid is not an excuse for missing time limits in judicial review cases

The Court of Appeal has recently given judgment in a case which all those involved in public sector litigation should be aware of.

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Homelessness and the Children Act 2004

Local authority housing teams no doubt breathed a sigh of relief at the end of July when the joint decisions of Maryam Mohamoud v Kensington & Chelsea Royal London Borough Council and Bushra Saleem v Wandsworth London Borough Council (2015) were handed down by the Court of Appeal.

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When is a home not a home? Under Scrutiny: temporary accommodation and the Protection from Eviction Act 1988

This article looks at the joined cases of R. (on the application of N) v Lewisham LBC and R. (on the application of H (A Child)) v Newham LBC [2014]

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Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 - All Change?

Tackling anti-social behaviour was a key pledge of the Labour Government when it came to power in 1997. Over the 13 years they were in power, this resulted in a large number of new tools being introduced - everything from the 'ASBO' to demotion, high hedge provisions to the Family Intervention Tenancy

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Disrepair claims: 5 golden rules

Disrepair claims can give RPs a real headache. Even though the changes in funding rules now make pursuing disrepair claims slightly less attractive to tenant lawyers claims continue to be made particularly as counterclaims to rent possession actions. Preventing claims from happening at all is impossible and tenants can, and do, seek to pursue counterclaims to buy time in proceedings even if such counterclaims are unlikely to succeed.

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The Right to Buy Debate

Despite the fact that 17% of households in England are "social housing" households (i.e. households where the property is owned by either a local authority or a housing association), by and large, social housing tends to stay out of the headlines.

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The Gas Access Campaign

Over recent months the housing press has regularly featured articles about gas safety and the 'Gas access Campaign' that is running to try and change the law in this area.

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Akerman-Livingstone v Aster; when is Proportionality not Proportionality?

In August 2014, we reported on the Court of Appeal decision given in the Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1081 (

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