Housing Associations Rent

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Sem Moema Sem Moema Labour

What recent steps have you taken to press housing associations to maintain their rents at social and affordable levels for existing tenants?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Rents set by housing associations are regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing, which in turn is informed by the rent setting regime established the Secretary of State.

To bid for my funding programmes, partners are required to comply with the regulator’s requirements for social and affordable rents. Post completion, the compliance audit process assures that agreed genuinely affordable rents are being adhered to by housing providers.

Furthermore, Policy H8 of my London Plan 2021 stipulates that new affordable housing that is replacing social rent housing must be provided as social rent housing where it is facilitating a right of return for existing tenants.