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William Nassau-Lake
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Challenging times - The legal issues faced by house builders
22 March 2018

It is well known that new housing is desperately needed - the Government have made the delivery of new houses a priority and have publicly increased the pressure on developers to deliver. However, despite Government pledges to ease the path for new housing, developers continue to be faced with a raft of obstacles preventing the supply of new housing. Will Nassau-Lake of our Development & house building team spoke with Show House Magazine about the key legal issues which continue to frustrate house builders.
Systematic underinvestment in local authority legal services is another problem. A lack of knowledge on the local authority side, along with demands that developers use often-flawed standard documents risk creating delays of months or even years in new developments.
Developers are also falling prey to spurious right to light and covenant claims from neighbours, who know a quick settlement may be easier and cheaper for developers than the delays caused by protracted legal processes.

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