RSH propose new standards for social housing

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has launched a consultation on a new set of standards for social landlords, intended to protect tenants and improve the service they receive.

The regulations would apply to all social landlords including councils and housing associations, as current standards do. However the new standards are set to be stronger and give tenants more power to hold their landlord to account.

The new standards would protect tenants by strengthening the safety requirements that all social landlords need to meet and require landlords to know more about the condition of their tenants’ homes and the individual needs of the people living in them – landlords will need to use this evidence to provide safe and decent homes with good-quality landlord services.

The proposed standards will also require landlords to be open and accountable to their tenants, and treat them with fairness and respect and make sure landlords listen to tenants’ complaints and respond quickly when they need to put things right.

The consultation will be running for 12 weeks, closing on Tuesday 17 October 2023, and people are invited to have their say via RSH’s website.

Fiona MacGregor, chief executive of the Regulator of Social Housing, said: "All social housing tenants deserve to live in safe and decent homes, and receive good-quality services from their landlords. We’re proposing new requirements to make sure this happens. We encourage tenants, landlords and others in the sector to have their say through our consultation.

"We’re gearing up for the biggest change to social housing regulation for a decade. This will include our landlord inspections from next April, as well as stronger powers to make landlords put things right when they breach our standards."

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