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Lords completes examination of Social Housing (Regulation) Bill

1 November 2022

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The Social Housing (Regulation) Bill had its third reading, a chance for members to make sure the eventual law is effective, workable and without loopholes, on Monday 31 October. 

The Social Housing (Regulation) Bill aims to facilitate a new, proactive approach to regulating social housing landlords on consumer issues such as safety, transparency and tenant engagement, with new enforcement powers to tackle failing landlords. It aims to drive significant change in landlord behaviour to focus on the needs of their tenants and ensure landlords are held to account for their performance.

Third reading 

Third reading is the chance for members to ‘tidy up' a bill, making small changes to ensure it is effective.    

No changes to the wording of the bill were put forward ahead of third reading. Members discussed the progress of the bill through the House at the conclusion of Lords stages.

Catch up

Explore further information

Read background on the bill in the House of Lords Library Social Housing (Regulation) Bill briefing.

Next steps

Following completion of third reading, the bill now passes to the Commons for consideration of Lords amendments. 

What's happened so far?

Report stage: Tuesday 18 October

Report stage is an extra chance for members to closely scrutinise elements of the bill and make changes.   

On Tuesday, members considered changes relating to:

  • energy efficiency of social housing
  • cladding and fire safety
  • inspections and requiring managers of social housing to have relevant qualifications and expertise.

Lords Divisions

There were two divisions (votes) on proposed changes to the bill. 

Standards relating to energy demand

The first vote was on amendment 14, which would insert a new clause stating that the Secretary of State must, before the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which the Act is passed, publish a strategy on reducing energy demand for social housing properties.

Members voted 189 in favour and 176 against, so the change was made.

Management of social housing

The second vote was on amendment 23, which would insert a new clause requiring managers of social housing to have appropriate qualifications and expertitise.

Members voted 171 in favour and 175 against, so the change was not made.

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Committee stage: Tuesday 6 September

Committee stage is the first chance to check the bill in detail and make changes. 

Proposed changes  

Members speaking at committee stage put forward amendments (changes) to the bill to be discussed . 

The amendments covered a range of subjects including:

  • energy efficiency to protect people living in social housing from high energy bills
  • homelessness issues and standards for social housing landlords regarding homeless and potentially homeless households
  • the regulation of compensation for tenants.

Catch up

Second reading: Monday 27 June

Members discussed the main issues in the bill and drew attention to specific areas where they thought amendments (changes) were needed during second reading. Topics covered included:

  • ensuring safe and secure homes for tenants
  • the supply of social housing
  • funding for the new regulatory regime
  • improving the energy efficiency of homes. 

Members speaking

Lord Greenhalgh (Conservative), Minister for Building Safety and Fire, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.

Members speaking in the debate included:

Find out more about the issue discussed: catch up on  Parliament TV or read a transcript in Lords Hansard. 

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