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A farewell to the RSL


On 17 March 2010, the ‘The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2010’, SI 2010 NO. 866 was made. Also enacted on 17 March was The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2010, SI 2010 NO. 862. Both come into force on 1 April 2010. The upshot is that the Tenant Services Authority becomes the regulator for both RSLs (as where) and Local Authority housing providers. But of course, there must be some changes of name. The TSA is, for the purposes of the Act at least, now the ‘Regulator of Social Housing’, but that is not all.

From 1 April 2010, RSLs are no more, becoming instead ‘private registered providers of social housing’. while Scottish Homes becomes ‘a non-profit registered provider of social housing’.

‘Private’? Does one detect the result of lobbying, post Weaver.

Today’s challenge is to browse the full list of amended legislation and to find bits they’ve missed…

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.


  1. simply wondered

    ‘Today’s challenge is to browse the full list of amended legislation and to find bits they’ve missed…’

    well actually i have to pick fluff out of my navel, but i look forward to your report on the legislation.

    ‘private’ – very very worrying…

    • NL

      Perhaps I should have been clearer -‘ today’s challenge for readers is to browse…’

  2. Marcin

    Right, but will we be calling them RSLs of PRPSHs?

  3. simply wondered

    or just shitebags? still; mustn’t be rude; after all, they keep our law centre going.

  4. JS

    Calling them private is rather like calling a lease a licence !

    Five pronged implements for digging come to mind.

  5. jh

    Anyone any ideas on how this affects HB regulations and specifically exempt accommodation services?

    Specifically, would it be possible for a private landlord to register and therefore provide supported accommodation that is classed as exempt accommodation?

    Currently, exempt accommodation can not be provided by a private landlord because they are private. Yet if RSLs, hitherto not classed as private, are able to deliver ‘exempt accommodation’ and these RSLs are now ‘private’….

    Anyone any ideas on this?


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