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Rents for social housing from 2020-21


We are seeking views on a proposed direction to the Regulator of Social Housing on social housing rents from 1 April 2020 onwards.

This consultation closes at: 11:45pm on 8 November 2018

Consultation description

We are proposing to issue a new direction from the Secretary of State to the Regulator of Social Housing to ensure that, from 2020 onwards, the Regulator’s rent standard:

  • reflects our announcement in October 2017 that we intend to permit registered providers to increase their rents by up to CPI+1% each year, for a period of at least 5 years; this announcement recognised the need for a stable financial environment to support the delivery of new homes
  • applies to local authority registered providers (as well as to private registered providers), to reflect the roll out of Universal Credit

The direction also sets out the basis on which social rents and affordable rents are set.


Rents for social housing from 2020-21: a consultation paper Ref: ISBN 978-1-4098-5323-7PDF, 401KB, 26 pages

Policy statement on rents for social housing: draft Ref: ISBN 978-1-4098-5324-4PDF, 442KB, 23 pages 

Direction on the rent standard 2018: draft PDF, 106KB, 4 pages

Ways to respond

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Complete a response form and either

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Affordable Housing Regulation and Investment Division 
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 
3rd Floor, Fry Building 
2 Marsham Street 

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