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Reform of registered social landlords - Law Society response

7 July 2017

The Law Society's Housing Law Committee responded this week to a consultation by the Welsh government on proposals to reform housing associations in Wales.

Following the decision of the Office for National Statistics to reclassify Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) as public non-financial corporations in 2016, the Welsh government proposes to amend or remove some central and local government controls over RSLs. Its proposals include lowering the threshold for regulatory enforcement from misconduct and mismanagement to breach of any statutory duty.

Our response highlights that this proposal would expose RSLs in Wales to disproportionate enforcement actions. We recommend that the Welsh government reviews whether lowering the threshold is likely to satisfy the Office for National Statistics to reconsider their earlier decision.

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