My role

I lead the housing management team here at Anthony Collins Solicitors.

I advise landlords, primarily housing associations, on all housing management issues providing practical solutions to often complex scenarios. The work I do involves providing client training, including bespoke training, as well as speaking on the sector seminar circuit.

My experience

I co-authored the latest edition of the National Housing Federation ‘Service charges: a guide for housing associations’ book. In 2013 I was shortlisted for Associate Solicitor of the Year in the Birmingham Law Society Awards.

My specialisms

  • Rents and service charges
  • Drafting, reviewing and enforcement of occupancy agreements
  • Management and service level agreements
  • Housing management policies and procedures
  • Supported housing
Government consultation on tenants’ associations and obtaining tenant information

The consultation document was published at the end of July and is available here. It sets out the Government’s intention to impose duties on landlords (by way of regulations) to provide the secretary of a tenants’ association with information about qualifying tenants (primarily their name and contact details).

Increase in home loss payments
Increase in home loss payments

Under the Land Compensation Act 1973, a landlord may have to pay a resident a home loss payment if the resident is permanently displaced from their home (subject to the circumstances and various conditions).

The future of supported housing
The future of supported housing

The future funding of supported housing has been a question for a number of years but the proposed Local Housing Allowance (LHA) changes threaten the financial viability of many of these schemes.

The Right to Rent
The Right to Rent

What is the right to rent? Essentially this ensures all people who let properties have the right to live in the UK. Landlords should only allow people to live in their properties if the have the right to rent.

Rent and Service Charge Reviews 2016

Of course this year is very different with organisations having to apply rent decreases for social housing tenants (even though we are still waiting for the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to be finalised and new Regulatory guidance to be published).

Extra Extra Care
Extra Extra Care

Those developed by RPs sit easily alongside schemes established by private developers, with both types of scheme undoubtedly addressing a key need within communities and providing a real choice of accommodation for those aged over 55.

Rents 2015 - 2016

Although we are still waiting for the publication of the new Regulatory Framework from the HCA, at the end of last year the HCA did publish its ‘Guideline rent limit for private registered providers 2015-2016’.

Housing and Health – Working Together

To assist with practical partnerships a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) has been published “to support joint action on improving health through the home”.  A copy of the MoU can be found here.

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