How and when social housing providers should get consent from the regulator before they undertake certain changes to their organisation.
Guidance on how to get consent from the regulator for constitutional changes
Not-for-profit registered providers must generally get consent from the regulator before they undertake certain changes to their organisation, such as changing their objects and group structures. As regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency produces guidance notes to help providers make any significant changes. There are different guidance notes for different kinds of registered provider.
These do not apply to profit-making registered providers who do not need to seek the regulator’s consent for such changes.
Guidance on how to get consent from the regulator to dispose of social housing assets
In some cases, all registered providers (including for-profit providers) must also get consent from the regulator to dispose of social housing assets. Guidance on disposing of social housing assets is in our main guidance document Disposing of land.
The forms providers should use when seeking permission from the regulator are as follows:
General consents granted by the regulator
Registered providers are allowed to undertake certain types of common or frequent disposals under a series of general consents given by the regulator. These general consents apply to activity that providers need to undertake frequently in order to manage their businesses effectively. General consent is granted by the regulator on the basis that registered providers follow the conditions set out in the documents below.
Notifications of other general consents
Some parts of the general consent require special authorisation, which may be given for a fixed period of time or more generally. In both cases, consent can also be withdrawn. Such authorisations, and the providers that have received them, are set out below.
Previous versions of disposing of land and guidance for disposals that happened before April 2010 are available on the National Archive website.
Where to send applications for consent or make further enquiries
Applications for consent for constitutional changes and any supporting documents should be sent to email@example.com
Applications for disposal consent and any supporting documents should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any enquiries on consents from the regulator should be sent to email@example.com or telephone: 0300 1234 500