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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 86- Fundamental objectives

171.Section 86 sets out the fundamental objectives of the regulator. These objectives are separately identified in subsections (2) to (11). The regulator must perform its functions with a view to achieving these objectives so far as possible.

172.Subsection (2) specifies the first objective: to encourage and support a supply of well-managed social housing of appropriate quality sufficient to meet reasonable demands. Social housing is defined in Section 68(1).

173.Subsection (3) specifies the second objective: to ensure that actual or potential tenants of social housing have an appropriate degree of choice and protection.

174.Subsection (4) specifies the third objective: to ensure that tenants have the opportunity to be involved in the management of their social housing.

175.Subsection (5) specifies the fourth objective: to ensure the efficient, effective and economic performance of landlord functions by registered providers of social housing.

176.Subsection (6)specifies the fifth objective: to ensure that registered providers are financially viable and properly managed.

177.Subsection (7) specifies the sixth objective: to encourage registered providers of social housing to contribute to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the areas in which their property is situated.

178.Subsection (8) specifies the seventh objective: to encourage investment in social housing, including by promoting the availability of financial services to registered providers of social housing.

179.Subsection (9) specifies the eighth objective: to avoid creating either as a direct or indirect consequence of its actions an unreasonable burden on public funds.

180.Subsection (10) specifies the ninth objective: to guard against the misuse of public funds.

181.Subsection (11) specifies the tenth objective: to regulate in such a way as to minimise administrative burdens, consistent with its ability to achieve its other objectives.

182.Subsection (12) provides that this will include compliance with the regulators’ Compliance Code issued under the provisions of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006.

183.Subsection (13) indicates that there is no significance to the order in which the objectives are listed in the section. It is for the regulator to balance these objectives in carrying out each of its functions as it deems appropriate.

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