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Approved Housing Body Regulation

Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority

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The Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority (AHBRA) was established on the 1st February 2021.

For more information on statutory regulation and AHBRA please visit their new website that will continue to be updated with information on Registration, Legislation and much more. If you have any questions  regarding statutory regulation that the website does not yet cover please email them to

This FAQ document aims to provide an oversight on the key questions raised by stakeholders and provides a brief synopsis of what to anticipate over the next 12 months, as a result of the introduction of the AHBRA. The document will be updated periodically, as functions and powers of the Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Act 2019 are commenced throughout 2021 and 2022.

All queries relating to Voluntary Regulation can be sent to

The Voluntary Regulatory Framework

The Voluntary Regulatory Framework for Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) outlines the functions of the Regulation Office. It provides an overview of the annual regulatory return and assessment process.

Currently, regulation of the sector is based on the Voluntary Regulation Code (the Code) and three additional Standards. The Regulation Office has developed these Standards in consultation with the sector.

The Financial Standard  was revised in October 2019 and provides for robust financial regulation of the sector. Since the publication of the original Financial Standard in 2015, the Regulation Office has gained significant insights and a deeper understanding of the sector and the diversity within it. This revised Financial Standard has been developed with these key learnings in mind.


The Performance Standard was published in December 2018. It defines and sets the standard for essential service performance from AHBs. This refers to arrangements for the delivery of tenancy, housing and asset management.


The Governance Standard (2017) sets out six principles of good governance. These build upon the existing principles of the VRC.