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Housing 2022 Explainer: What is the Implication of the New Tenant-Focused Regulation?

Posted on: Mon Jul 11 | 9:19 AM by: housing

Why Is The Regulation Garnering Such Attention?

Just recently, the UK government published the long expected Social Housing Regulation Bill which puts into law a number of reforms regarding the regulation of the housing sector.

There have been plans for a while now by the government to increase what is known as consumer regulation in the social housing sector.

What this implies is that the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) will oversee the services provided to residents and intervene if they are not good enough. These reforms come as a direct result of the Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed the lives of 72 people and the bill comes out just before the fifth anniversary of the tragic event.

These changes now passed into law were first proposed after the disaster when it came to limelight that the residents had repeatedly raised fire safety concerns but were ignored by their landlord, Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation.

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What Are These New Changes?

A few significant changes being made include the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) carrying out an Ofsted-style inspection of underperforming social landlords.

Before the inspection, landlords will only receive a 48hours notice as against the current period of 28days. Furthermore, the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has the authority to introduce unlimited fines for breaches of standards.

This means that with the new bill, the Housing Ombudsman has greater powers. Tellingly, the new bill also eliminates the serious detriment test and will introduce a new Freedom of Information-style system to make landlords more transparent in their dealings.

Also, the bill will extend electrical safety standards to social landlords – they currently only apply to the private sector; however, this is subject to consultation.

This sounds like a lot of reforms and it is. These changes are coming in the wake of significant challenges elsewhere for the housing sector, including zero carbon, retrofitting and building safety.

Investigations have also revealed that social landlords are facing huge numbers of disrepair claims this year.

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Key Questions To Ask In The Housing 2022 Sessions

Key Questions To Ask In The Housing 2022 Sessions

  • What actions should social landlords be taking right now and in future to keep in line with the reforms?
  • How can we make sure tenants are more involved?
  • How much will the reforms cost and how are they going to be financed?

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