Social housing

The team at Penningtons Manches LLP provides outstanding customer service.

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Penningtons Manches is recognised as a top class provider of legal advice to the social housing sector. We establish dedicated, long term relationships with clients which result in an innovative and commercially aware service. Our team is valued for its commitment to high standards of customer care and transparency of pricing.

We have a developed, respected and thriving practice which represents a significant part of the firm's business. We are proud of the focused and personal service we offer to Registered Providers who rely on us to combine clear business oriented advice with a sense of social responsibility.

Our clients include housing associations ranging from organisations with less than 1,000 homes to some of the largest housing providers in the country, local authorities, local housing companies, and private developers and consultants active in the sector.

The team is praised for its creative solutions, including actively seeking land and business opportunities for housing providers from the firm’s broad client base of institutional investors, house builders, developers and contractors.

We have also invested heavily in improving our capability through the intelligent use of IT. Our extranet service is capable of automating many aspects of the property sales process, reducing delays and voids, and minimising our clients’ funding and administrative costs.

We offer expert advice on:

  • acquisition, development and regeneration
  • construction and procurement
  • commercial agreements and litigation
  • commercial property/asset management
  • data protection and Freedom of Information Act issues
  • employment and pensions
  • funding models and agreements
  • housing management - tenancy arrears, repossession and anti-social behaviour
  • mortgage rescue
  • planning and environmental law
  • sales including all homebuy schemes and right to buy/acquire
  • securitisation and borrowing structures

Recent work highlights

Development site acquisition

Advising on a significant site acquisition from a local authority for a 90 unit residential scheme with a leaseback of retail units. We were also involved in all construction documentation, appointments and project security.


Mixed tenure site sales

Completing shared ownership, shared equity and private sales documentation for an ongoing site which was carefully structured to take into account mixed tenures to ensure future sustainability. Documentation was also prepared for an overseas marketing campaign.


Anti-social behaviour injunction

Acting in an urgent anti-social behaviour injunction case in which housing association staff had been threatened in their office by a tenant. Within 36 hours, we obtained a without notice injunction excluding the tenant from the office.

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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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