Chapter 5: Regulation of social housing
Section 178: Transfer of functions from the Office for Tenants and Social Landlords to the Homes and Communities Agency;
399.Section 178 introduce Schedule 16 which abolishes the Office for Tenants and Social Landlords (known as the Tenant Services Authority) and transfers the functions of regulation of social housing to the Homes and Communities Agency through the creation of a regulation committee of that body.
Section 179: Regulation of social housing
400.Section 179 introduces Schedule 17 which makes amendments to the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 primarily in order to enact a change in the role of the regulator in relation to consumer matters. This includes provision to ensure the regulator may only use its monitoring and enforcement powers if it has reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a serious failure affecting tenants (or if there is a risk that there will be such a failure without the intervention of the regulator).