Regulation of Social Housing
Produced in partnership with Ian Peacock of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square
Regulation of Social Housing

The following Local Government practice note Produced in partnership with Ian Peacock of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Regulation of Social Housing
  • The Regulator of Social Housing
  • Social housing
  • Registered providers
  • Consumer standards
  • The TIE Standard
  • The Home Standard
  • The Tenancy Standard
  • The Neighbourhood and Community Standard
  • Economic standards
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on matters that have temporarily been altered to assist in the management of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For further information, see: Regulator of Social Housing statements on coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Regulator of Social Housing

Social housing is regulated under Part 2 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (HRA 2008). Until 1 October 2018, under HRA 2008, s 92A, the appointed regulator was the Home and Communities Agency (HCA), through its regulation committee. The Legislative Reform (Regulator of Social Housing) (England) Order 2018, SI 2018/1040 came into force on 1 October 2018, abolishing the HCA regulation committee, creating the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH), transferring the functions of the HCA regulation committee to the RSH and amending the HRA 2008 and other legislation to give effect to this change.

However, there is specific provision for co-operation between the HCA and the RSH in the execution of their respective functions including a requirement for mutual consultation on matters of interest and powers to assist including providing financial assistance and setting standards.

Formal transfer of property, rights and liabilities and employees are also provided for together with transitional and saving provision.

The RSH is a body corporate. Its fundamental objectives as regulator are set out in HRA 2008, s 92K, which provides that the RSH must its perform its functions with a view to

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