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News: Call for new regulator to protect residents

Tue, 18 Sep 07

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has called for the role of a new regulator to ensure all residents in affordable housing are protected to the same degree...

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has called for the role of a new regulator to cover all providers of social rented housing, including local authorities, to ensure that all residents in affordable housing are protected to the same degree.

It claims that the regulatory system will not be truly customer-focused if some customers are excluded and that low cost home ownership, housing association leaseholds and the local authority strategic housing role should also be overseen by the new body.

CIH wants the regulator to be charged with ensuring continued provision of affordable housing and making sure that there is a recognisable ‘affordable housing’ sector that is capable of delivering wider community services to future customers as well as existing residents. 

Sarah Webb, CIH Deputy Chief Executive, said: “The time is right to redefine the purpose, scope and philosophy of housing regulation and to make sure that housing organisations take more responsibility for their own performance.  A massive opportunity could be missed if current regulatory practices are simply placed on top of the statutory framework that has been proposed.”




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