The attorneys of the Public Housing team are very familiar with public housing law: the special rules and regulations applying to approved organizations, such as the Housing Act, the Social Rented Housing Sector Management Decree and the Tenants and Landlords Consultation Act.
The Public Housing team is specialized in rental law and offers advice on problems in the field of maintenance, renovation and urban restructuring. The team will also be happy to assist you in drafting or terminating lease contracts or heating supply contracts with tenants that fall under the Heating Supply Act, as well as in solving disputes about rent or delivery.
Housing corporations are the subject of supervision and enforcement, both with regard to the quality of the houses under their management and the way their boards work. They have to comply, for example, with the Reviewed Act on Approved Public Housing Organizations and the current Governance Code for Housing Corporations. Without a good picture of how to comply with the relevant laws and regulations, housing corporations and their boards cannot sufficiently assess to what extent they are running a risk of liability for improper performance of their task. Through close cooperation with the Corporate Governance team, the Public Housing team is very capable of advising housing corporations on such supervision and enforcement issues. Together with your organization we will look for practical tailor-made solutions.
Practical Transfer of Knowledge
The Public Housing team gives various tailor-made courses (also in-house) to the employees of housing corporations about all relevant laws and regulations they encounter. In addition, we offer lawyers, directors and supervisors the possibility to discuss topical developments that affect business operations with competing colleagues and each other.
For instance, in May 2013 we hosted the Round Table Supervision & Trust for Housing Corporations. In this interactive session the lawyers and advisors of Kennedy Van der Laan, Twynstra Gudde and Aon discussed social and political developments, such as external supervision, risk management, recovery of trust and directors’ and officers’ liability.
We also regularly provide lawyers of housing corporations with brief updates on recent developments and case law during a lunch or pizza session. In 2014 we will continue to organize various sessions with topics of interest to housing corporations. You can find more details on our website.
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