Housing – guidance

Register and de-register as a provider of social housing

How to register or de-register as a social housing provider, how much it costs and how long it will take.

Register as a provider of social housing

To register as a provider of social housing you should complete the Preliminary application form for registering as a provider of social housing (MS Word Document, 91.5KB) .

This will allow us to check whether you are eligible.

We will tell you if you are eligible. If you are, complete the Detailed application form for registering as a provider of social housing (MS Word Document, 105KB) .

Details of eligibility and registration criteria are in the Guidance on applying for registration as a provider of social housing (PDF, 232KB, 22 pages) .

Preliminary applications are generally dealt with within a month, although this may take a little longer for applicants that are not already landlords of social housing.

Detailed applications take longer. How long the process takes will depend on the completeness of the information provided by the applicant, the complexity of the application and the speed of response by the applicant to any questions from the regulator. We will be able to advise on the likely length of time an application will take once we have reviewed the detailed application.

De-register as a provider of social housing

If you want to deregister as a provider of social housing, you should complete the Application form for voluntary de-registration as a provider of social housing (MS Word Document, 80.5KB) .

Details of eligibility and de-registration criteria are in the Guidance on applying for voluntary de-registration as a provider of social housing (MS Word Document, 153KB) .

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 and how much it will cost

Applications to register or de-register should be emailed to registrations@hca.gsi.gov.uk or posted to:

Referrals and Regulatory Enquiries Team
Homes and Communities Agency
1st Floor Lateral
8 City Walk
Leeds
LS11 9AT

Registration and de-registration is free.

How to make general queries

For general queries on registering or de-registering (but not applications) please contact:

Referrals and Regulatory Enquiries Team

0300 123 4500

mail@homesandcommunities.co.uk