To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of regulation to (a) protect tenant welfare, (c) ensure property suitability and (c) ensure adequate living standards of properties in the exempt accommodation sector.
The Social Housing Green Paper sets out our proposals to ensure that homes are safe and decent, that residents are treated with dignity and respect, and that we have the social housing we need for the future. Alongside this we conducted an in-depth review of the regulation of social housing to ensure it remains fit-for-purpose, reflects changes in the social housing sector and will support delivery of the Green Paper objectives. Building on the review of regulation and the Green Paper, the Social Housing White Paper will be published later this year.
As set out in my answer of 21 July 2020 to the Honourable Member for Ladywood (Questions: 75242, 75243 and 75244), whether or not accommodation is ‘exempt’ is a matter for local authority housing benefit departments. The Regulator of Social Housing regulates only those landlords that wish to register with it and who are able to meet its registration requirements (other than local authorities who own homes that are automatically registered). All housing must comply with housing health and safety and building regulations legislation, which is designed to ensure adequate living standards.