S20 consultation - Asset Management and Leaseholders

With reductions in qualification periods, the levels of leasehold accommodation owned and managed by social housing providers is increasing, and will continue to do so.

S20 consultation - Asset Management and Leaseholders

The aim of this training is to give officers involved in the repairing, maintaining and improvement of your stock an overview of what’s required to ensure that the delivery of such works is as smooth as possible, and you also recover the full cost of such works from your leaseholders.

This one-day course will consider:

  • The Right to Buy process and the need to ensure that sale prices include the cost of all works undertaken by you over the last 10, and sometimes 15 years
  • The need to ensure an effective S.125 notice is served within the Right to Buy process, and the implications if the notice is ineffective or lacks relevant information
  • The clauses of the lease in terms of maintaining the stock and the potential issues where the right to improve is not included within the lease
  • The S.20 consultation in detail in respect of major works, long-term contracts and major works within long-term contracts
  • Permission requirements for ‘improvements’ undertaken by leaseholders
  • Responsive repair reporting to include what is your responsibility to undertake as well as the use of building insurance
  • Right of access
  • How to deal with breaches in terms of access and ‘improvements’ without permission.

The final element of the course will consider potential defenses and counterclaims that leaseholders may have available to them in respect of paying for the work you’ve undertaken, and tips on how to avoid effective challenges within the First-tier Tribunal.

Who should attend?

All officers whose responsibility is the development, planning and delivery of planned maintenance and improvement works, or are responsible for the delivery of the responsive repairs contract; procurement officers for long-term contracts and tenders for works; legal officers and leasehold officers.

S20 consultation - Asset Management and Leaseholders

Mel Cant

Legal Mel Cant

Mel Cant became a Barrister in July 2000 and both prior to and since that time has worked within the housing sector to improve services to the public and providers by providing leadership, practical advice, training, support and guidance in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Mel’s “can do” attitude along with her passion for ensuring equality and fairness for all through outstanding customer service and providing practical solutions has made her a “go to” person within social housing.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk