Briefings

Topical issues, legislative and policy changes, and the latest operational issues all explained in an easy-to-read format, with suggestions for future action. These specialist briefings provide guidance, comment, suggested actions and good practice information on all the key issues for leasehold teams across the sector.

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pdf Current File size: 2MB Published Date: 09/11/2017
pdf Current File size: 315KB Published Date: 05/10/2017
pdf Current Commentary: Tackling unfair leasehold practices File size: 129KB Published Date: 12/09/2017 Download
pdf Current File size: 875KB Published Date: 04/09/2017
pdf Current Briefing - Grenfell Tower aftermath.pdf File size: 286KB Published Date: 10/08/2017 Download
pdf Current This is a briefing, drafted by The Health and Safety Network which considers all the information, guidance, facts and speculation that have emerged since this shocking event and provides some initial guidance with regard to the actions that leasehold teams should consider. File size: 219KB Published Date: 20/07/2017
pdf Current File size: 300KB Published Date: 07/07/2017
pdf Current File size: 185KB Published Date: 07/07/2017
pdf Current Ahead of one of the topics at the forthcoming best practice workshops, this new briefing takes a look at the movement from credit control and arrears management towards 'legal action'. File size: 320KB Published Date: 15/05/2017
pdf Current This briefing by Ann Faulkner explores a number of solutions are set out in the proposals and the relevance to leasehold practitioners. File size: 318KB Published Date: 22/03/2017
pdf Current This briefing by Lauren Pond and Jonathan Hulley of Clarke Willmott looks at three significant and different legal case studies, which will certainly provide food for thought going forward. File size: 203KB Published Date: 07/12/2016
pdf Current In 2014, the DCLG asked the Law Commission to investigate event fees. Some leases require the leaseholder to pay a fee on certain events, such as sale or sub-letting. These fees, which are referred to as 'event fees', are common in specialist housing for older people, but rare in other residential leases. File size: 251KB Published Date: 09/11/2016
pdf Current At this summer’s Leasehold Excellence Network London and South-East best practice workshop there was a lively debate regarding Section 20 consultation where there is an intermediate landlord. File size: 177KB Published Date: 08/09/2016
pdf Current In October 2015, housing associations agreed to work with the government to deliver its election commitment to extend the Right to Buy File size: 223KB Published Date: 18/08/2016
pdf Current Following the introduction of the Right to Buy for council tenants in 1980, two million households have purchased their council homes. A spike of sales in the early 1980s saw 160,000 properties a year transferring into private ownership, but by 2011, and following the property crash, this was down to 4,000. File size: 148KB Published Date: 11/05/2016
pdf Current Administering Service Charges effectively It is likely that very few social landlords recover all of the service charges due to them from their tenants, leaseholders and freeholders. Efficient administration and collection of service charges for landlords with a large stock of mixed tenure properties is not easy, and there are a good number of circumstances that occur which can lead to errors and miscalculations which have a negative impact on service charge collection. This guidance looks at the main areas which can be contributing factors to a shortfall in service charge income. File size: 181KB Published Date: 14/04/2016 Download
pdf Current This month's briefing for members looks at the development of the Right to Buy pilots and the latest issues across the sector for both housing associations and local authorities & ALMOs. File size: 199KB Published Date: 23/03/2016
pdf Current In Autumn 2015 the government announced an agreement (with the National Housing Federation) to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants, and set up a Voluntary Right to Buy (VRTB) pilot scheme at the end of 2015. The associations who are taking part in the pilot are Leasehold Excellence Network members Sovereign and Riverside, as well as L&Q, Saffron, and Thames Valley. Eligible tenants can register their interest in taking up their voluntary Right to Buy. Applicants will be able to progress up to the point of sale, but would not be able to complete until the Housing and Planning Bill becomes law. The pilot will run until the end of June. File size: 199KB Published Date: 17/03/2016
pdf Current Welfare benefit provision has been reducing in recent years and the ‘safety net’ provision is gradually being removed. File size: 234KB Published Date: 03/02/2016
pdf Current As a Leasehold Excellence Network member, you’ll doubtless be aware of this House of Commons briefing paper from your news update last month. You may have been somewhat surprised by the appearance of the paper, although less than surprised that it contained nothing new. File size: 83KB Published Date: 17/12/2015
pdf Current A phrase which seems to be becoming more common place is ‘last time buyers’. There are now more people over 60 in the UK than ever before. There are significant numbers of older people now living in leasehold properties. File size: 174KB Published Date: 04/08/2015
pdf Current LEN briefing - CMA report outcomes and recommendations File size: 361KB Published Date: 31/07/2015
pdf Current The extending of Right to Buy has been one of the biggest election manifesto issues. This new briefing from LEN Associate Helen Muir explains the latest situation concisely and looks at what both housing associations and local authority social landlords will need to think about over the coming months. File size: 131KB Published Date: 18/06/2015
pdf Current Repairs and caps have been in the headlines again recently. This month’s technical briefing, by LEN Associate John Gargan, looks at why landlords must carefully consider the reasons for carrying out works of repair – especially when the works are improvements, even if the lease allows for the recovery of the costs of such works. File size: 186KB Published Date: 16/04/2015
pdf Current There were some high profile Tribunal cases in 2014. John Murray from Ward Hadaway solicitors takes a look at the key cases and sets out what LEN members can learn from them. File size: 177KB Published Date: 04/02/2015
pdf Current Following on from an earlier briefing ‘Litigate or mediate?’ back in September 2013, LEN Associate and fully-trained mediator John Gargan sets out his top tips for mediation so as to help to avoid the cost of litigation and tribunals to resolve leaseholder disputes. File size: 679KB Published Date: 19/11/2014
pdf Current With the Competition and Markets Authority’s ongoing service review now including social housing providers, this briefing from LEN Associate Cecilia Brodigan – who was involved in the initial round-table discussions – looks at the implications of the review for local authority, ALMO and housing association leasehold management teams. File size: 231KB Published Date: 10/09/2014
pdf Current The Right to Buy initiative is being actively promoted by the government. This includes the development of a new facility – the Right to Buy Agent service. File size: 197KB Published Date: 09/07/2014
pdf Current A few questions have been asked recently about the treatment of feed-in tariffs (FIT) where leaseholders are resident in a block, or where properties are sold through Right to Buy, or indeed for shared ownership properties. This raises a number of issues which need to be considered, since the treatment of these cases may depend on how the original installation was procured or funded. File size: 320KB Published Date: 04/06/2014
pdf Current Policies and strategies can all too easily become a tick box exercise - but how many of us fully understand why they are important and how to write an effective policy? File size: 217KB Published Date: 22/04/2014
pdf Current An introduction to the First Tier Tribunal Over a number of years, leasehold practitioners have become quite accustomed to dealing with the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT), or "LVT", and, as its jurisdiction has evolved over time, even distinguishing between "Old LVT" and "New LVT" applications. Some of you will be aware that other jurisdictions were exercised under similarly constituted tribunals, albeit operating under different titles – the Rent Assessment Committee, and the Residential Property Tribunal. By Schedule 2 of the Rent Act 1965, Rent Assessment Committees were originally created to consider appeals against fair rent registrations. The Housing Act 1980 granted them jurisdiction to determine certain matters relating to the enfranchisement of leasehold houses, previously dealt with in the County Court. The LVT was born. File size: 194KB Published Date: 17/03/2014 Download