Guidance

Rent Standard and guidance

This page includes the Rent Standard that registered providers of social housing must comply with and guidance on how to apply for an exemption to the Standard.

Documents

Rent Standard - April 2020

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Making a formal application for an exemption to the Rent Standard (from 1 April 2020)

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Limit on annual rent increases 2020-21 (from 1 April 2020)

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Limit on annual rent increases 2021-22 (from April 2021)

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The Rent Standard is one of three economic standards that the Regulator of Social Housing expects registered providers to comply with. It sets the requirements around how registered providers set and increase rents for all their social housing stock in line with government policy as set out in their Policy Statement on Rents for Social Housing.

In some circumstances, private registered providers can apply for an exemption to the Rent Standard – please refer to the “Making a formal application for an exemption to the Rent Standard” guidance for more details. Separate guidance for local authorities can be found in the “Local authority guidance for formal applications to disapply government rent policy”.

To ensure that providers use the correct annual percentage increase to set their rents, they should refer to the adjusted tables in the “Limit on annual rent increases 2020-21” guidance on this page. This also provides the additional data needed to work out formula rents for new properties.

Prior to the introduction of the Rent Standard on 1 April 2020, social housing rents were set and managed through the requirements of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. For issues prior to 1 April 2020 and the introduction of the Rent Standard, registered providers may need to consult the Act and associated regulations to establish how the previous rules applied to their stock.

You can view all three economic standards and the four consumer standards on the regulatory standards page.

In March 2020 we published: Setting rents for social housing - An addendum to the Regulator of Social Housing’s 2019 Sector risk profile.

Published 13 February 2020
Last updated 3 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Limit on annual rent increases 2021-22 added

  2. Added Local authority guidance for formal applications to disapply government rent policy.

  3. First published.