From today (Oct 1), the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has been established as a standalone organisation – no longer part of Homes England, formerly the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The separation implements the conclusion of the 2016 Tailored Review of the HCA, which also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to a “strong, independent” regulator of social housing.
As a standalone body, RSH pitches itself as well-placed to respond should the government propose changes to its role and remit following the social housing green paper.
Formally effected through the Legislative Reform (Regulator of Social Housing) (England) Order 2018 (LRO), the separation sees members of the HCA’s Regulation Committee become the Board of RSH.
However, the LRO does not alter fundamental RSH objectives or powers. As a standalone body its focus remains to promote a “viable, efficient and well-governed” social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs.
And RSH remains subject to the duty to minimise interference and regulate in a manner that is “proportionate, consistent, transparent and accountable”.
RSH office locations are not changing.
The regulation of social housing is the responsibility of the Regulation Committee, a statutory committee of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Homes England is the trading name of the HCA’s non-regulation functions.