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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.

Employment

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

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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…


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The social housing team at national law firm Weightmans LLP has this week welcomed associate Jane Plant, who joins from rival firm Anthony Collins.

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