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Annual Regulatory Returns


Due to the recent publication of the Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Bill 2019, the Regulation Office is reviewing the Voluntary Regulatory Assessment Cycle for 2019/20.

This will result in a delay to the forthcoming issuance of the Annual Regulatory Return’s (ARR) and the Annual Financial Return (AFR).   

Once the review is complete, the Regulation Office will publish an update on Tuesday, 24th September 2019 on how the revised Assessment process may impact your organisation.

Note: Newly signed up organisations will be contacted separately regarding the Assessment process.


What is the Annual Regulatory Return?

The Annual Regulatory Return (ARR) is issued to AHBs in early September. In the ARR, AHBs are asked to provide information that the Regulation Office uses to complete an assessment. This information is as follows:

  • General Information
  • Property Information
  • Governance
  • Financial Viability
  • Performance Management
  • Charter of Commitment Renewal


The ARR is issued as an Excel document or an Online form.

ARR Timelines


Annual Financial Return (AFR)

Is my organisation required to complete an AFR?

All Tier 3 and a number of Tier 2 AHBs are required to complete an Annual Financial Return (AFR). The Regulation Office works with individual Tier 2 AHBs to determine if they are required to submit the AFR.

If you are unsure if your organisation must complete an AFR, please contact the Regulation Office.