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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 201 - Inspection

578.Subsection (1) allows the regulator to arrange for a person to inspect a registered provider’s performance in relation to provision of social housing or its financial and other affairs.

579.Subsection (2) prohibits the person appointed from being a member of the regulator’s staff.

580.Subsection (3) requires that where the purpose of an inspection is to assess a registered provider’s performance by reference to standards under section 193 (that is, in relation to management of social housing), the regulator must invite the Audit Commission to carry out the inspection. The regulator may appoint any person it wishes if the Audit Commission declines, or for inspections whose purpose is not as set out in subsection (3).

581.Subsection (4) specifies that the regulator may direct the person carrying out an inspection to discontinue it.

582.Subsection (5) provides that an inspection may either be general or specific.

583.Subsection (6) requires that the regulator reimburse costs incurred by the Audit Commission in carrying out an inspection.

584.Subsection (7) specifies that if a person other than the Audit Commission carries out an inspection, the arrangements may include provision for payments.

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