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.
The 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.
While the Code is voluntary, funding eligibility is aligned to those AHBs signed up to and demonstrating compliance with the Code, as per Department Circular 15/2016:
‘From 1 January 2017, in addition to the requirement to have signed up to the Code, only those AHBs that are able to demonstrate commitment to and engagement with both the VRC [Voluntary Regulatory Code] and the Financial Standard and Assessment Framework, having undergone a satisfactory assessment as part of the annual assessment process by the Regulation Office will be considered eligible for funding.’