Regulatory framework

The requirements that registered providers of social housing must meet.

The regulatory framework for social housing in England is made up of:

  • regulatory requirements – what registered providers of social housing need to comply with
  • codes of practice – a code of practice can amplify any economic standard to assist registered providers in understanding how compliance might be achieved
  • regulatory guidance – this provides further explanatory information on the regulatory requirements and includes how the regulator will carry out its role of regulating the requirements.

The elements that make up the Regulator of Social Housing’s regulatory framework are summarised below. Details of the relevant requirements, codes of practice and associated guidance can be found on the linked pages.

Regulatory standards

Registered providers of social housing in England must meet regulatory standards. The standards are classified as either economic or consumer. The economic standards do not apply to local authorities.

Registration and notification requirements

In order to be registered or deregistered, applicants must meet specific requirements.

All registered providers are required by law to notify the regulator of relevant disposals of social housing dwellings, including relevant sales, charging and leasing. Non-profit registered providers are required to provide early information to the regulator about restructures and required by law to notify the regulator when making certain changes to their constitutions.

Information submission requirements

Registered providers are required to submit various types of information to the regulator; including a statistical data return to the NROSH+ website and annual accounts.

The accounting direction sets out specific requirements that registered providers must meet when producing their annual accounts.

Published 31 March 2015
Last updated 6 April 2017 + show all updates
  1. Regulatory framework requirements updated to reflect deregulatory measures (6 April 2017)

  2. First published.