Poor quality social housing

Failing social landlords to face ‘Ofsted-style’ inspections and unlimited fines

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced that the new Social Housing Regulation Bill will give the Regulator of Social Housing stronger powers to ensure that residents will be able to live in ‘decent, well looked-after homes and enjoy the quality of life that they deserve.’

The powers will include the ability to issue unlimited fines, enter properties with only 48 hours’ notice and make emergency repairs where a serious risk is posed to tenants. Landlords will also be required to foot the bill for these repairs.

Michael Gove, Levelling Up Secretary, said:

“In 2022 it is disgraceful that anyone should live in damp, cold and unsafe homes, waiting months for repairs and being routinely ignored by their landlord. These new laws will end this injustice and ensure the regulator has strong new powers to take on rogue social landlords.

We are driving up the standards of social housing and giving residents a voice to make sure they get the homes deserve.

That is levelling up in action.”

Another move to address the power imbalance between tenants and landlords is to allow residents to demand information and rate their landlords. These measures are in place to ensure satisfaction. Tenants will also have a ‘direct line’ to government, as a new 250-person residents panel will convene every four months, sharing their experiences with minsters.

Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, Kate Henderson, said:

“Having a home that is warm and dry, safe, secure, and affordable is the right of every person in this country. For social housing providers this means providing high quality living standards in every home and carrying out repairs on time. Government data shows that on average social homes are better quality than other rented homes, however we have seen instances where social housing tenants have had to live in substandard properties, and this is not acceptable.

We welcome to aims of this bill to give tenant’s greater powers and improve access to swift and fair redress. Over 200 housing associations have already taken steps to strengthen relationships between residents and landlords by signing up to Together with Tenants, a sector-led initiative which set new standards for tenant and landlord relationships.

Alongside this, the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute of Housing are working together to support housing associations to take collective action on quality issues, details of which will be published imminently.”

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, this Bill is another step towards moving away from the systemic issues that have been identified when considering the quality and, more crucially, the safety of social housing

Developing an integrated, sustainable transport network for Nottingham

PSE June/July 22

Developing an integrated, sustainable transport network for Nottingham

Our June/July edition of PSE we bring you expert comment and analysis on a range of public sector topics, from digital transformation to health and social care and the workforce. Learn about how important ethics are in public service, or how Brighton and Hove City Council are focusing on travel and transport as we head towards a net zero world as well as so much more…

Videos...

View all videos
PSE365: Public Sector Decarbonisation Virtual Event

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public Sector Decarbonisation Virtual Event | 17 March 2022

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Upcoming Webinar

Net Zero Government Webinar

According to the UN's Global Waste Monitor 2020, global electronic waste (e-waste) is being called the world's fastest growing domestic waste stream. With 1.6 million tonnes of e-waste produced in the UK in 2019, the UK is on track to becoming the biggest e-waste producer in Europe per capita.
 

With the public sector under increasing pressure to reach net zero by 2050 and data security threats on the rise, what can leaders do to minise the risks to citizen and organisational data while becoming more sustainable?
 

Register now and join us on 12 May at 2pm - 2:45pm to find out how the sector can take positive steps to reach net zero targets through sustainable data sanitisation.

More articles...

View all