Social housing

Whether you’re a social landlord, housing association, registered provider or community land trust, you will find us to be a good home for your legal needs.

With more than 20 years’ experience advising the social housing sector, we know the industry inside-out and are a passionate and dedicated commercial partner.

Our experience includes advising on refinancing portfolios, acquiring new housing stock, purchasing sites, housing and flat developments, occupancy agreements, shared ownership leases, advising on legislation and drafting documentation.

We value innovation, which is why we’ve been at the forefront of developing standard planning obligation agreements (Section 106 agreements) throughout the UK. And as well as providing insightful, practical legal advice, we pro-actively spot opportunities for wringing more value from your operations and securing your interests.

In an industry like social housing, where both the rewards and initial investment can be high, you need a legal partner you can trust, communicate openly with, and who are wise enough to capitalise on commercial opportunities. With Stephens Scown, you get all this and more.

We are recognised by Legal 500 as a “highly responsive practice that provides clear and practical advice”. We are also recognised by the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession for our work with prominent rural housing associations and local government bodies on a range of matters, “Their strengths include approachability, responsiveness, and the service standard is high across the organisation.” 

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