Monthly Archives: March 2014

Regulation fees for turkeys

It seems that turkeys will vote for Christmas if they think they’ll get lots of grain to eat.

That’s the conclusion I’ve reached following the piece in last week’s Inside Housing by Stuart Macdonald. He reports that in a survey, larger housing associations supported the introduction of charging for regulation, seeing a “clear benefit to their business of a regulator with the resources to effectively regulate their organisation”.

In principle, this is a reasonable stance to take as it would enable the regulator to winkle out the problems in the sector and shore up the funders’ confidence in being able to […]

Coregulation – does size matter?

So tenants have at last been given the power to wield the big stick when their landlord is not performing or delivering the services that tenants want. Or have they?

The Localism Act 2011 built on the principle of co-regulation espoused by the late, lamented Tenant Services Authority and set out the obligations on a social landlord to enable tenants to effectively scrutinise their performance. So that’s it then, isn’t it?

Well, possibly. The last two years has seen a burgeoning of Resident Scrutiny Panels, Mystery Shoppers and Tenant Service Inspectors all trained  to the back teeth and tooled up to […]