Housing Ombudsman launches consultations for improved service

The Housing Ombudsman Service has launched two consultations this week. They relate to its Business Plan 2020/21 and also proposed revisions to the Housing Ombudsman Scheme. Full details, including how to respond to the consultations, can be accessed here. The Housing Ombudsman Service has commented that the consultations mark an …

Building a Safer Future

Government launches consultation – Building a Safer Future: Proposals for Reform of the Building Safety Regulatory System Following the Government’s acceptance of the proposals contained in the Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety (the “Hackitt Review”), MHCLG has issued a consultation which sets out how they intend to take forward …

Vacancies on Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC)

We have been informed by MHCLG that there are currently 7 vacancies on one of the Department’s Arms-Length Bodies – the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC). New members are being sought with construction / building / fire safety expertise. The closing date for applications is 11pm on 19th March 2019. …

TAROE Trust response to the Rents Standard consultation

TAROE Trust submitted its response to the Rents Standard consultation yesterday. Overshadowed by the Social Housing Green Paper that also closed this week, the Rent Standard consultation was about the proposed return to CPI+1% rent increases from 2020 onwards, and for local authorities to fall within the Standard which will …

TAROE Trust response to Social Housing Green Paper

TAROE Trust submitted its response to the Government’s Social Housing Green Paper on Tuesday. Overall, we have welcomed the opportunity to have a conversation about the changes required to re-build tenants’ trust and confidence. In our response, we highlight the need for the following: To strengthen housing standards. This includes …

Vacancy for Interim Chair of LEASE

TAROE Trust has been informed of a vacancy for Interim Chair of the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE).   Interim Chair Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) Advert 2018 – 1 post – Closing Date 7th October at 11.00pm   Further details on the position can be accessed here. Summary LEASE is an …

Government launches consultation on future rent levels

The Government has published a consultation on a draft direction to the Regulator of Social Housing about social housing rents in England. The proposed direction would require the Regulator to set a new regulatory standard on rent, to apply from April 2020 onwards. The consultation covers two areas in particular: …

Government publishes long-awaited Green Paper

The Government has released the long-awaited Social Housing Green Paper. The full document can be accessed here. The Government is calling for a national discussion on how to improve social housing, based around five core principles: A safe and decent home which is fundamental to a sense of security and …