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Regulator of Social Housing publishes Regulatory Notice for East Suffolk Council

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has published a Regulatory Notice (RN) for East Suffolk Council.

East Suffolk made a self-referral to the RSH regarding its failure to meet statutory health and safety requirements and its incorrect charging of rents to a large number of tenants.

The RSH has concluded that the Council has failed to meet statutory health and safety requirements in relation to risk assessments, tests and inspections in respect of:

  • Fire safety
  • Electrical safety
  • Water safety
  • Asbestos management and
  • Lift safety.

The RSH found East Suffolk to be in breach of the Home Standard and that as a consequence there was the potential for serious detriment to tenants.

The RSH also concluded that East Suffolk:

  • Had not complied with the legislative requirements of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (the Act) and
  • Had converted more than 1,000 properties to Affordable Rent without the requisite permissions, in contravention of both the Act and the Rent Standard.

All of the RJs, RNs and GUR listings published by the RSH can be viewed on the RSH’s website here.