The information required by the Regulator of Social Housing and the deadlines for submission.
The regulator’s information requirements
This page and the guidance document was updated in March 2020 with details of the 2020/21 collections. However, please note: RSH has published additional information about its regulatory approach and deadlines in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
- extending the submission deadline for the Statistical Data Return and Local Authority Data Return until 31 October 2020
- asking providers to take steps to submit their Financial Viability Assessment electronic accounts submissions as soon as reasonably practicable once the survey launches, but we will not take any action where returns due up until 30 September 2020 are delayed by up to 3 months i.e. to 31 December 2020
- launching the Financial Forecast Return on 1 July 2020, extending the submission deadline for this return until 30 September 2020 and asking providers to ensure business plans are reflective of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Please see our Coronavirus statements page for further details and the latest updates. The information on this page had not been updated to reflect the revised approach and submission deadlines.
The regulator needs to collect and hold reliable information (both statistical data in data returns and other non-statistical information) so that it can undertake its functions. The regulator will use this information to assess compliance with the regulatory framework and to produce statistical information. We are committed to minimising the burden of our information requirements through the best use of information that providers will readily have to hand, or may have published, as part of their routine business activity.
The regulator expects providers to produce the information and documents it requires on a timely basis. Where the regulator has evidence that information of any nature has not been submitted or is late, incomplete, or inaccurate, this may be reflected in our judgement of a provider’s compliance with the regulatory standards. In particular, but not exclusively, it may provide evidence of a breach of the specific expectation in the Governance and Financial Viability Standard to communicate with the regulator in an accurate and timely manner, including through regulatory returns.
The tables below set out a summary of our routine data requirements and the deadlines for submission. Please submit the returns as early as possible. There are different requirements for local authorities; for those private providers which own fewer than 1,000 social housing units and for those which own 1,000 units or more.
Data returns for private registered providers
|Data returns||Deadline||Which providers|
|Statistical Data Return||31 May each year||All private registered providers (shorter returns for providers owning fewer than 1,000 social housing units)|
|Financial Forecast Return (FFR) to be accompanied with business plan and other supporting documentation.||30 June each year final deadline for all providers with 31 March financial year end. Providers are encouraged to submit within 6 weeks of their business plan being approved by their board, where this is earlier than 30 June||All private registered providers that own 1,000 or more social housing units|
|Quarterly Survey||3 weeks after each quarter end||All private registered providers that own 1,000 or more social housing units|
|Electronic Annual Accounts||6 months after financial year end||All private registered providers that own 1,000 or more social housing units|
|Disposal Proceeds Fund Annual Return||30 June each year||All private registered providers that have had transactions requiring net disposal proceeds to be shown in a Disposal Proceeds Fund|
|Regulatory documents||Deadline||Which providers|
|Annual accounts (including a self-assessment of value for money)||No later than 6 months after the financial year end||All private registered providers|
|Audit management letter||As above||All private registered providers with audited accounts|
|Fraud report||As above||All private registered providers that own 1,000 or more social housing units|
|Quarterly notification||3 weeks after each quarter end||All private registered providers who have made relevant disposals that require notification|
|Priority notification||3 weeks after date of relevant disposal||As above|
Quarterly survey 2020 to 2021 submission dates
|Quarter||Planned opening date||Closing date|
|Q1||12 June 2020||21 July 2020|
|Q2||11 September 2020||21 October 2020|
|Q3||18 December 2020||22 January 2021|
|Q4||1 April 2021||23 April 2021|
From 6 April 2017 private registered providers must notify the regulator about some types of disposals they have made. Further information about the requirements is available on the Notifications about disposals page. Disposal notifications must be submitted through NROSH+ where a standard form is available.
Data returns for local authority registered providers
The Local Authority Data Return collects information regarding stock and rents from local authority registered providers. The LADR is included in the single data list for 2020 and local authority registered providers are required to submit a LADR in addition to their Local Authority Housing Statistics submission made to MHCLG directly.
How registered providers should submit information
RSH collects this financial and statistical data from registered providers through NROSH+ (except for the Disposal Proceeds Fund annual return). NROSH+ is a website for all registered providers to submit their annual data returns – the information and supporting documents which we require so we can regulate them effectively.
As a provider, it is essential that you supply accurate and timely data – the data returns are an important way in which we monitor big financial risks and regulate the sector. Further guidance on submitting NROSH+ data returns is provided on the NROSH+ website. Guidance on submitting annual accounts and audit management letters is provided below.
Annual accounts and audit management letters
The process for submitting annual accounts and audit management letters, including the potential regulatory action for those that submit them late, is detailed in the guidance below.
How to use NROSH+
To use NROSH+ effectively, it is important that you:
- log into the NROSH+ website
- keep your contact and organisational information up-to-date – this is important as we regularly inform providers on any changes to our data collection process using the contact details logged in NROSH+
- use the latest templates for each return to prepare and submit data
- use the guidance provided on the NROSH+ site
- submit data as early as possible, within the survey period.
Queries about NROSH+
Questions about using NROSH+ should be sent to the Referrals and Regulatory Enquiries Team NROSHenquiries@rsh.gov.uk and 0300 124 5225.
Read about how to Register and de-register as a provider of social housing.
See the Current registered providers of social housing page for a list of registrations and de-registrations.
The regulator is committed to protecting your privacy and the security of your personal data. Please read our privacy notice to find out more about how we do this.