Magazine article Public Finance

Routine Social Housing Inspections to End

Magazine article Public Finance

Routine Social Housing Inspections to End

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Routine inspections of most social housing will end next month as a new regulatory system comes in for councils and housing associations.

The Audit Commission will still inspect arm's-length management organisations. However, inspections of council housing departments and registered social landlords will take place only when the regulator, the Tenant Services Authority, believes its standards are not being met.

In most cases, the TSA will ask the commission to inspect at short notice, or without any warning, chief executive Peter Marsh told Public Finance following the launch of the TSA standards framework on March 16. Regulation will be 'proportionate' but not lighttouch in future, he added.

'If tenants are happy, homes are decent and boards and councillors are doing their job, there is nothing to cause us concern,' he said.

The TSA, which has been regulating housing associations in England since December 2008, extends its remit to councils on April 1. …

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