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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 81 - Establishment

166.This section establishes the regulator, which is to be responsible for carrying out the functions of the social housing regulator as set out in this Act.

Section 82 – Membership

167.This section provides for the membership of the regulator. The regulator is to consist of not fewer than four members and up to a maximum of 11 members (including the Chair who is appointed by the Secretary of State) and a Chief Executive (appointed under section 84). The Secretary of State must consult the Chair before appointing other members. Subsection (4) makes clear that former members of the Housing Corporation can become members of the regulator.

Section 83 – Tenure

168.This section sets out the tenure of appointment of appointed members and the circumstances where the Secretary of State may dismiss a member (e.g. absence, bankruptcy or misbehaviour). Appointment terms cannot exceed 5 years although members may be reappointed for additional terms. Members can resign by written notice to the Secretary of State.

Section 84 – Chief executive

169.This section sets out the appointment process of a Chief Executive. The first Chief Executive will be directly appointed by the Secretary of State after consulting the Chair. Subsequent appointments will be made by the regulator subject to approval by the Secretary of State.

Section 85 – Other staff

170.This section provides the regulator with the power to appoint employees.

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