Magazine article Public Finance

RSLs Prepare to Try out Short-Notice Inspections

Magazine article Public Finance

RSLs Prepare to Try out Short-Notice Inspections

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Short-notice inspections are to be introduced for housing associations after landlords backed an Audit Commission scheme for cutting red tape.

Twelve registered social landlords have volunteered to take part in a pilot, due to start next month, where they will receive just five working days' notice of an inspection.

Visits will last three days, compared with up to two weeks for regular inspections.

A move towards short-notice inspections, which already occur in education and social care, was recommended last year by the Elton review into RSL regulation. At present associations know up to six months beforehand if they are to be visited by inspectors.

Roy Irwin, the commission's chief inspector of housing, said the audit body wanted to remove part of the burden that RSLs impose on themselves ahead of visits. …

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