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Green Homes Grant - which energy saving works are eligible?

06 Aug 2020
Last month Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a circa £3 billion green investment plan, including the Green Homes Grant, as part of his Summer Economic Update. The UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now published further details on which energy saving works will be eligible for grants, which will be issued as vouchers.

A people-focused system: an overview of trailed planning paper

05 Aug 2020
Nearly £1.3bn of investment was confirmed by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick on 4 August which includes funding for over 300 successful, 'shovel-ready', projects (selected by Local Enterprise Partnerships and Mayoral Combined Authorities), which are set to receive a share of £900m from the Getting Building Fund. 

Green investment plan to boost employment following COVID-19

14 Jul 2020
Last week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his Summer Economic Update, which included a circa £3 billion green investment plan. The intention behind this is to boost employment following the COVID-19 pandemic, with an expectation of around 140,000 green jobs being created, as well as to cut carbon emissions by an estimated half a megaton a year.

"We're all going on a (SDLT) summer holiday"

10 Jul 2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has this week announced a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) "holiday", which will run from 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 and which looks like being a real shot in the arm for the recovery of the housing market.

Housing and modern methods of construction post COVID-19

09 Jun 2020
The construction sector is fundamentally important to the UK economy. Often cited as the barometer of economic conditions, it contributes around £90bn and provides approximately 10% of total UK employment. In recent months, the sector has found itself subject to a somewhat surprising level of media scrutiny. Initially, there was a focus on the construction of new hospitals, vaccine centres and other structures dedicated to fighting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: extension to moratorium on evictions

09 Jun 2020
On 5 June 2020 the housing minister, Robert Jenrick, announced a 2 month extension to the current moratorium on residential possession claims and evictions to run from the expiry of the current moratorium until 23 August 2020. The extension will apply to both private sector and public sector landlords. In order to implement this extension changes will be made to the Civil Procedure Rules – which sets down the rules by which Courts operate. 

Surrenders and vacant possession – one without the other?

04 Jun 2020
The recent case of Dreams Limited -v- Pavilion Property Trustees Limited (May 2020) provides important lessons for landlords and tenants who have agreed a surrender of a lease. The principal issue in the case was whether, the tenant having agreed the surrender would be with vacant possession (VP), the landlord could refuse to accept the surrender unless and until VP had been given.