Response - Housing Corporation: Regulatory Code Guidance

By: Jim Bennett  Published: October 2001


Shelter responded in October 2001 to the Housing Corporation's consultation paper on the Regulatory Code: Guidance.

Summary

Shelter key recommendations to strengthen the Housing Corporation's regulatory role were that:

  • All lettings policies should have regard to the reasonable preference categories in the Homelessness Bill.
  • Housing associations should be required to record and report their possession activity.
  • Housing associations should be required to consult their board before using mandatory grounds for possession or the assured shorthold ground.
  • The Guidance on co-operating with local authorities on homelessness should be amended to better reflect the provisions of the Homelessness Bill.
  • The Guidance on temporary accommodation should not focus on the use of permanent lettings as temporary accommodation.
  • The Guidance on setting criteria for accepting nominees should be strengthened to better reflect the allocations provisions of the Homelessness Bill.

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