14 December, 2022
Social housing tenants stand to benefit from better quality housing and have their complaints dealt with quicker under the government measures to increase inspections and drive-up competency amongst staff.
The Social Housing Regulation Bill (the Bill) was introduced into Parliament earlier this year. The Bill aims to deliver the proposals set out in the Social Housing White Paper by introducing a number of measures to give tenants greater powers, improve access to swift and fair redress, and enhance the powers of the Regulator of Social Housing (the Regulator). If passed, the measures will:
Following a debate last month, the following amendments to the Bill were agreed by the Lords:
The Bill will continue to be shaped is progresses through parliament, we anticipate further amendments to those which are set out above. The full implications of any amendments or in fact the implicates of the Bill as a whole will only become clear once the Regulator has had the opportunity to consider them.
What this Bill means for Registered Providers is that they will be required to work more closely with tenants in a transparent manner, tenants will have greater right to obtain information from landlords. Tenants will also be given the opportunity to rate the services provided by landlords. Failing social housing providers will be subject to unlimited fines. Social landlords will be subject to Ofsted-style inspections.
Forbes Solicitors welcome the aims of the Bill and provides a range of services to assist Registered providers in anticipation for the Social Housing Regulation Bill.
For more information contact Adil Ghafar in our Housing & Regeneration department via email or phone on 01772 220253. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.
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