This page details how to register or de-register as a social housing provider
Register as a provider of social housing
From 1 October 2017 the regulator will charge a one-off fee for successful registration applications as well as an annual fee for on-going regulation of registered providers. For further information on the principles and operation of this fee-charging scheme please see: Fees for social housing regulation.
The registration criteria and the application process are explained in the guidance:
To register as a provider of social housing you should first complete the preliminary application - this will allow us to check whether you meet the eligibility requirements of registration:
If you meet the eligibility requirements at the preliminary application stage, you will be invited to complete the detailed application form:
Guidance on the completion of the application forms is included within each form.
Under section 114A of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008, local authorities who begin to provide social housing are subject to compulsory registration and should notify us by emailing email@example.com.
De-register as a provider of social housing
The regulator is currently undertaking a review of deregistration policy and will update the guidance and requirements shortly. However, we have published an updated voluntary deregistration application form for private registered providers of social housing based on the current requirements with obsolete questions regarding consents and land registry provisions removed. It will assist us in obtaining the correct information at the outset from providers applying for deregistration. Please ensure that you read the accompanying guidance before completing your application.
In the first instance, please see:
If you want to deregister as a provider of social housing, you should complete:
Details of eligibility and de-registration criteria are in the:
Once we have received the completed application form we will give you an estimate of how long we think the process will take.
Where to send applications to register or de-register
Either application can be posted to:
Referrals and Regulatory Enquiries Team
Homes and Communities Agency
8 City Walk
How to make general queries
For general queries on registering or de-registering (but not applications) please contact the Referrals and Regulatory Enquiries Team on 0300 123 4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notifications of restructures, constitutional changes and disposals - and registering a restructured body
See the Restructures and constitutional changes page for guidance and notification forms, including registration of a restructured body.
See the notification of disposals page for guidance and notification forms.