Earlier this year the Social Housing Regulation Bill was introduced to Parliament. 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 Bill seeks to improve the regulation of social housing by bringing forward a stronger and more proactive regulatory regime and putting in place the measures set out in the Social Housing White Paper.
The measures announced under the Bill will for example:
The Social Housing Regulation Bill began its passage through Parliament at the House of Lords in June and is due to commence its third reading in the next few weeks. The Bill has received broad support and we expect it to complete its passage through parliament fairly quickly.
Following a debate of the Bill at the report stage on 18 October, the below amendments were agreed by the Lords:
As the Bill progress through parliament, we may see further amendments added or changes to those set out above. We have welcomed the aims of the Bill to give tenants greater powers and improve access to swift and fair redress.
We are working closely with the government to ensure that the Bill brings forward a regulatory environment that results in meaningful change for residents and is deliverable by housing associations.
The full implications of the amendments set out above will only be clear when they are consulted on by the Regulator. We will work with members to shape the detail if these amendments are carried forward into the final Act.
We will keep our members updated on opportunities to consult and share views on the measures as the legislation progresses through Parliament.
If you have any questions or would like to share your views on the Bill or any amendments please contact our policy team.