Social Rented Housing: Fire Prevention

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd June 2020.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many regulatory judgements were issued by the Regulator of Social Housing in relation to fire safety concerns since June 2017.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Regulator of Social Housing sets standards that registered providers are required to meet - including that a landlord meets all applicable statutory requirements that provide for the health and safety of the occupants of their homes. Failure to comply with a standard may result in the regulator publishing a Regulatory Judgement or a Regulatory Notice depending on the nature of the failing.

In relation to fire safety, there was one Regulatory Notice against a housing association in 2017/18. There were five Regulatory Notices in 2018/19 (four housing associations and a local authority)

From 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 there were 13 Regulatory Notices issued in total (six housing associations and seven local authorities). In addition, there were 2 Regulatory judgements issued due to health and safety concerns, including fire safety.

From 1 April 2020 to date, no Regulatory Notices have been issued relating to fire safety.

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