New regulatory framework: Federation briefing

Find out about the changes in the new regulatory framework.

13 May 2012

The new regulatory framework took effect on 1 April 2012.

The framework is based on the previous Tenant Services Authority (TSA) framework but incorporates a number of important changes:

  • It takes account of the abolition of the TSA and the new regulatory role of the HCA.
  • It consolidates the interim changes made in 2011, especially the introduction of affordable rents.
  • It provides for fixed-term tenancies to be available for new tenancies, regardless of the rent level.
  • It takes account of the new test of 'serious detriment' that the regulator must consider before using its enforcement powers.
  • It incorporates the revised directions by the Secretary of State.