The Conservative Party's announcement that, if still in power after the General Election, it will extend the Right to Buy (RTB) to up to 1.3 million housing association tenants in England, could scarcely present a starker contrast to the position in Scotland, where legislation to abolish the RTB entirely is already on the statute books.
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Since 2004, Notices of Potential Liability for Costs (NPLCs) have been a useful tool in the armoury of property factors and housing associations in recovering common maintenance costs and debts due by owner-occupiers for factoring costs.
When it comes to handling complaints from homeowners, what procedures do registered social landlords (RSLs) who are also registered property factors need to follow?
The decision of the Homeowner Housing Panel (HOHP) in relation to a complaint by Philip Defew against Kingdom Housing Association (case HOHP/PF/13/0075) raises a number of issues which will be of interest to registered property factors, particularly registered social landlords (RSLs) who manage and maintain amenity areas within housing estates.
Two recently-published linked decisions of the Homeowner Housing Panel (HOHP) have provided some helpful guidance in relation to property factors increasing the amount which factored owners must pay their factor as a float towards ongoing factoring costs, as well as commenting on how a particular section of the code of conduct for property factors should be interpreted.