Extra regulation should help social housing – but landlords need support to meet the cost

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The government should take extra regulatory costs into account when deciding on the next rent settlement for social housing providers, writes Paul Hackett

A few years ago, when Brexit was occupying most of Number 10’s political bandwidth, the accusation was that government’s social housing policy was in a state of stasis.

Despite a welcome commitment to rebalance the landlord-tenant relationship through the Social Housing Green Paper, the pace of change was disappointingly slow – heavy on rhetoric, but light on concrete action. Now the opposite is true. Seemingly, not a week goes by without an act being passed, a new consultation being launched or a new set of changes coming into effect.

In the first half of this year, we’ve seen the Social Housing (Regulation) Act receiving royal assent, the tenant satisfaction measures going live and dozens of consultations launched.

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