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April 1 2021 - Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority releases FAQ

The Housing Agency Regulation Office welcomes the release of the Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority (AHBRA) FAQ.

The AHBRA was established on the 1st February 2021.

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 the AHBRA can be sent to info@ahbregulator.ie or if you wish to join the mailing list please contact communications@ahbregulator.ie 

November 19 2020 - Leadership Change: Regulation

The Housing Agency wishes to advise that Susanna Lyons is leaving the post of Head of Regulation effective 30th November 2020. Susanna has been appointed by The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage as CE Designate of Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority, effective 1st December 2020. We wish Susanna every success in her new role.

Steven Sheridan has been appointed Head of Regulation, Regulation Office, Housing Agency. Steven has responsibility for the implementation of the Voluntary framework for AHBs, assessing organisation’s Governance, Financial Viability and Performance Management. Steven will continue to work with the interim Regulatory Committee to ensure the effective oversight of the voluntary environment and its effective transition. Steven's appointment is effective 19th November 2020. We wish Steven every success in his new role.

November 18 2020 - Covid-19 Questionnaire: Key Findings

The Regulation Office has published Insights and Key Findings from its recent Covid-19 Questionnaire. The feedback provided useful insights into the impacts of Covid-19 on the AHB Sector. The questionnaire covered a number of key areas including impacts on operations, governance, finance, performance, and looked at the mitigating actions that were implemented. It also established the key considerations of AHB Boards, with a focus on the top risks. 

November 9 2020 - 2019 Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis

The Regulation Office has released it's latest Annual Report and Setoral Analysis which provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent assessment cycle and the outcomes for the sector.

October 30 2020 - Appointment of a Chairperson and Members to the Board of the Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority.

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has invited applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill up to eleven positions on the Board of the Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority, including a chairperson. More details are available on Stateboards.ie 

October 1 2020 - The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) recently hosted a webinar on the incoming Statutory Regulation Framework for Housing Associations (AHBs). Speakers from the DHPLG included Sinead Brennan, Susan Murphy and Stella McKervey. They provided an overview and an update on the new regulatory system and the transitional arrangements. The slides from the presentation are available here.

September 30 2020 - The Regulation Office presented a training webinar to AHBs who are completing Annual Financial Returns this year. The slides for the AFR session are available here.

September 29 2020 - The Regulation Office delivered a webinar presentation to Tier 3 and Tier 2 AHBs regarding the completion of the Annual Regulatory Return, with some changes that were made this year. The presentation slides for Tier 3 and Tier 2 are available here.

September 29 2020 - The Regulation Office delivered a webinar presentation to Tier 1 AHBs who are completing the Annual Regulatory Returns this year. The slides for the Tier 1 presentation are available here.

September 25 2020 – The Regulation Office has issued a Covid-19 Questionnaire to all AHBs regarding their experience of working through the pandemic.

The questionnaire is divided into five sections:
Section 1: Operational Impacts and Mitigating Actions

Section 2: Impacts on Governance
Section 3: Impacts on Finance
Section 4: Impacts on Performance
Section 5: Future Considerations of the Board


To preview a PDF version of the Covid-19 Questionnaire for preparation purposes only please click here.


Please follow this link to complete the actual Covid-19 Questionnaire, or if you have any questions or issues completing it, please do not hesitate to contact the Regulation via email at regulation@housingagency.ie

July 02 2020 - The Regulation Office has issued an Advice Note on AHB Mergers and Stock Transfers which also includes Case Studies and an Interview with an AHB who has undertaken several stock transfers and mergers. 

June 30 2020 -  The Regulation Office held a Webinar on June 30th for CEOs and Finance Directors from large and growing AHBs.

The presentation was hosted by Miriam Kavanagh, Head of Financial Regulation, Governance and Registration with the Regulation Office. The webinar focused on the Medium and Long-Term Financial impacts of COVID-19 on AHBs.

It featured guest speakers Neil Anderson, Director of Finance, Tuath Housing; Cliodhna O’Leary, Head of Finance, Housing Association for Integrated Living; and Ray Fanning, Head of Finance, Respond. These speakers discussed the initial impact of COVID-19 to their organisations and the longer term financial considerations. The virtual event was attended by 40 attendees.

For the presentation from Miriam Kavanagh please click here.

June 8 2020 - The Regulation Office has issued a communication on Statutory Regulation for Approved Housing Bodies – it is available here.

April 2 2020 - Charities Regulator issue Covid-19 Impact Survey

The Charities Regulator has requested charities to an complete online survey. This will help them understand the concerns and potential impacts the Covid-19 crisis is having on organisations at this time

 

Mar 31 2020 - Boards and Corporate Governance – Covid-19 Implications

Chartered Accountants Ireland have recently published some helpful advice regarding the implications of Covid-19 for Boards and Corporate Governance.

 

Mar 26 2020 - Key Areas for consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF)

The Regulation Office has issued a document outlining 6 key areas for consideration for large and medium-sized AHBs during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mar 19 2020 - Important Communication: AHBs and COVID-19 (PDF)

The Regulation Office has issued an important communication to AHBs relating to the Regulatory Process and Notifiable Events during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Queries should be directed to regulation@housingagency.ie

 

Jan 29 2020 -  The Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Act 2019 was signed into law on December 23rd, 2019. This will allow for the establishment of the Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government will advise on the commencement of legislation in due course.   FAQs are available here.

 

Nov 01 2019 - The Regulation Office has released The Financial Standard October 2019Since 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.

 

Oct 08 2019 - The Regulation Office has released the 2018 Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis. This provides a comprehensive overview of the fifth assessment cycle and the outcomes for the sector.

 

Sept 26 2019 - The Regulation Office has issued a Guidance note on Notifiable Events - it is available here.

 

Sept 25 2019 - The Regulation Office held a Governance Forum for Board Members and Chairs from Growth AHBs on September 24th, 2019. 

The speakers at the event were Paul Lemass, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; David Duffy, The Governance Company; Dr. Patricia Barker, DCU and Susanna Lyons, Housing Agency Regulation Office

Please find the individual presentations below.

'Governance in a Growth Environment' Forum - Dr. Patricia Barker, September 2019

'Governance in a Growth Environment' Forum - David W. Duffy, September 2019

'Governance in a Growth Environment' Forum - Susanna Lyons, September 2019

 

Previous Presentations

AHB Regulation Overview July 2019

Risk Management Masterclass June 2019

Holistic Asset Management Dublin April 2019

Governance & Performance Management Roadshows April 2019