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Social housing

We have been providing advice and support to registered providers for more than 20 years, and our team of specialists is able to advise on every aspect of social housing.

With an outstanding market reputation, we are committed to providing the very best service. Weightmans is recommended in leading legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. A  member of our team sits on the Law Society Housing Committee.

In a profession renowned for keeping people at arms length, we believe in a friendlier approach that delivers value through managed and transparent performance. Teams have a ‘can-do’ attitude to problem solving and work with clients to identify the best possible commercial outcome within realistic fee estimates that offer no surprises.

Property & development

Weightmans has a designated team experienced in all types of property matters relevant to Registered Providers. Whether its advice on strategic land use or property development projects and regeneration, our team can help and advise. By working closely with you at all stages of the property and development process, we can ensure their interests are protected at all times.

Corporate & finance

Sharing services and merging with other registered providers is an increasing feature within the social housing sector. It makes good business sense to take advantage of the economies of scale to be gained through this route. Mergers, transfers of engagement and group rationalisations are complex and rules differ between the various types of structure your members may choose to adopt.


Like housing management legislation, employment law is constantly changing; the responsibility placed on employers to keep up to date and implement best practice is considerable.

In our experience registered providers have highly competent in-house HR teams who want the confidence that comes from knowing they are in a safe pair of hands, with the knowledge and experience to know how important it is to get the right balance between support, guidance and advice.

Housing management

Awareness of statutory rights and responsibilities is essential to effective management and the key to tackling the variety of problems that may arise with tenants.

Weightmans work with clients to implement their housing management strategy, using our knowledge to identify potential problems before they arise. Robust guidance can help avoid costly litigation and makes sure matters are dealt with swiftly, cost effectively and, most importantly within the law.

Weightmans is on the Procurement for Housing (PfH) Legal Services Panel.

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Cardiff Council Council v Lee (Flowers) [2016] EWCA Civ 1034

Many will be aware of the recent case of Cardiff City Council v Lee (Flowers) which sought to introduce a second permission stage prior to issuing of…

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S.11 repairing obligations in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has confirmed two key points in relation to a landlord’s potential liability under section 11 Landlord & Tenant Act 1985.

Peter Wake Partner

A gas safety reminder

A couple of recent cases have again reminded all social landlords of the need to remain on top of gas safety and that their contractors must always…

Landlord and tenant - accepting surrender and waiving right to forfeit

Disputes between residential landlords and their tenants continue to reach the courts, even in the current climate. In these legal battles, it is…

David Tabinor Partner

Another person’s action can lead to a tenant losing his home

The recent case of Greenwich RBC v Tuitt (27 November 2014) acts as useful guidance on the issue of when it might be appropriate to seek an order…

Weightmans LLP Appointed to Circle Housing Legal Services Framework

Top 40 National law firm Weightmans LLP has been appointed by Circle Housing to advise on their Housing Management and general litigation.

Sian Evans Partner

First ASB provisions come into force on 13 May 2014

The first parts of the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force on 13 May 2014, including amended discretionary grounds for…

Weightmans builds its housing association client base with latest tender success

After a competitive tender process through Fusion21’s Legal Framework, Weightmans has been reappointed by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH).

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