The impact of the Housing and Planning Act 2016

Tuesday 27 June 2017, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Tuesday 27 June 2017
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ   Get directions
Areas of Law: Housing Law

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Cost: £25.00 + VAT

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 has been in force for approximately a year. The Act provided the necessary legislation for the Government to implement the sale of higher value local authority homes, starter homes and a number of other measures mainly intended to promote home ownership and boost levels of housebuilding in England in order to regulate the social and private rented sector market.

Political pressure has resulted in the Government agreeing not to implement the much-derided ‘pay to stay’ policy imposing mandatory rents up to market rates for high income social tenants. The implementation of other controversial measures, notably the sale of higher value vacant local authority homes and mandatory use of fixed-term tenancies, appears to be on hold. What is the Government’s intention for the future? What will the result of the general election on 8 June 2017 mean for those parts of the Act not yet in force?

Given the Government’s recently published white paper on rental properties and the passage of the Neighbourhood and Planning Act 2017, this seminar is designed to identify:

  • Which parts of the Act are now in force?
  • Areas where further details are still to be set out in subsequent regulations, including the extension of the right to buy
  • How Government policy has been modified or abandoned and what impact, if any, the Act has had to date

The seminar will cover:

  • Sale of higher value vacant local authority homes
  • High income social tenants: mandatory rents (‘pay to stay’)
  • Mandatory use of fixed-term tenancies
  • New powers to tackle rogue landlords and regulate the private sector
  • Starter homes
  • Local plans and automatic planning permission
  • Extension of the right to buy

Who should attend?

This seminar is designed to update practitioners as to the progress in implementation of the Housing and Planning Act 2016. It is designed for solicitors and advice workers involved in housing, development of housing and the enforcement of housing standards in the private and public sector.

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