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Inspection arrangements published for social housing landlords

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Following a joint statement by the Tenant Services Authority (TSA) and Audit Commission, social housing landlords have been informed over interim arrangements for all TSA commissioned inspections taking place between April and October this year.

Almost 1,800 social housing providers across England, including housing associations and councils, will be affected by the inspections, as the TSA enforces six national standards which all landlords will need to meet.

Developed in collaboration with current tenants, the TSA’s six standards cover a broad range of criteria, including repairs and maintenance, value for money and how to handle discussion with tenants, and, whilst the methodology of TSA inspections will remain largely unchanged, new arrangements include:

• Providers will be notified by the TSA of the reasons they are being inspected, the service areas being inspected and the relevant Key Lines Of Enquiry extracts related to these standards.

• Inspections will focus on the providers giving assurance and evidence as to how they are meeting the standards and delivering outcomes to tenants, as well as considering their ability for improvement.

• The TSA and Audit Commission will publish the reports and the TSA will oversee the delivery of the Improvement Plan as part of establishing compliance with the standard.

• Where self-improvement is not appropriate or is proving unsuccessful, the TSA will consider the use of enforcement powers.

“This statement ensures that our inspections of social housing landlords will be clearly focused and will help drive improvements on behalf of tenants,” said Audit Commission Chief Executive, Steve Bundred.

In May 2010, the TSA and Audit Commission will publish a joint consultation document setting out a proposed inspection methodology, effective from October 2010.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

April 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

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