The Regulatory Framework For Social Housing In England

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Course Overview

From the 1st April 2012, the Tenant Services Authority (TSA) was disbanded and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) became responsible for regulating social housing providers in England. The new regulator will be known as the Social Housing Regulator.

The Social Housing Regulator has 2 sets of standards, economic and consumer. Social Housing Providers are expected to meet both. However, the main focus of regulation will be on the economic standards which cover governance, financial viability, rent and value for money. 

This module will help learners to understand the changes to regulation brought about by the new Regulator and what will happen when social housing providers fail to comply with the required standard.

On completion of this Virtual College course learners will understand:

  • The new regulatory framework for social housing in England introduced in April 2012
  • Which parts of the regulatory framework apply to which housing providers
  • The principles of co-regulation
  • The approaches of the social housing regulator to both the economic and consumer standards
  • What will happen when social housing providers (SHPs), fail to comply with the required standard

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Legal context
  • The standards
  • The principles of co-regulation
  • The Regulators intervention and enforcement powers



On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately half an hour. With approximately 15 interactive screens, it is estimated that this module will take approximately half an hour to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages and revisit whenever you wish. The system will record your progress throughout.

Target Audience

This course is aimed primarily at anyone working in the social housing sector.  However, the module is also suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about social housing regulation.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.