Social housing providers
Social housing providers

The following Local Government practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Social housing providers
  • What is social housing
  • Providers of social housing
  • LHAs
  • Private registered providers
  • Non-profit organisations and housing associations
  • Profit organisations
  • Who regulates social housing?
  • Local authority tenancies
  • Forms of tenancy
  • More...

Social housing providers

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, in collaboration with Public Health England, has produced non-statutory guidance to support landlords with allocating social homes. The guidance contains information on how local authorities and housing associations consider using existing homes that become available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The government makes clear that allocation by local housing authorities continues to be governed by Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 and authorities must have regard to statutory guidance. See further: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—social housing tracker — Government guidance and LNB News 28/04/2020 53.

What is social housing

Social housing is defined in Part 2 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (HRA 2008). HRA 2008, s 68 confirms that social housing means:

  1. low cost rental accommodation or

  2. low cost home ownership accommodation (see Practice Note: Affordable home ownership)

Social housing will cease to be social housing once one of the conditions in HRA 2008, ss 73–76 have been satisfied. These conditions are:

  1. the dwelling is sold to the tenant (eg the tenant exercises their ‘right to buy’, see Practice Note: Right to buy)

  2. the provider of social housing holds a leasehold interest in the dwelling and the leasehold interest expires

  3. the provider of social housing owns the freehold or leasehold interest in the dwelling and transfers it to a person who is not a registered

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