Social Rented Housing: Regulation

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 29th September 2022.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many notifications the Regulator for Social Housing has received of a change of status from registered providers that have been (a) taken over, (b) merged and (c) changed their constitution in each of the last five years.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Since 6 April 2017, not for profit registered providers have been required to notify the regulator when they are undergoing particular constitutional events which may be considered a merger, take over or constitutional changes. Those notification requirements are set out in the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (as amended) and can be found in the direction about notification of constitutional changes and associated guidance.

Whilst there are other forms of merger, takeover or constitutional changes that may occur, the direction and guidance set out those that are required to be notified to the regulator. The table below shows the numbers of notifications the Regulator has received from not for profit registered providers that have been taken over, merged and changed their constitution in the last five years, in line with the direction.

Number of notifications received

Calendar year

Transfer of Engagement *

Amalgamation *

Conversion from a registered society to a company or vice versa

Rule change relating to

Becoming / ceasing to be a subsidiary

A possible change in designation

A change in charitable status

2017

11

5

10

5

0

4

2018

22

9

15

10

1

3

2019

14

3

8

10

1

1

2020

10

1

11

7

0

1

2021

22

0

7

11

1

1

2022 up to 21/9

3

0

3

6

0

1

*Notifications of transfer of engagements and amalgamations can involve more than one registered provider.

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