The change will remove the current restriction that applicants must provide evidence in their empowering document that it has an object of providing social rental housing or affordable rental housing. The Regulatory Authority will look at the application in its entirety to determine whether an applicant is a genuine provider of social or affordable rental housing.
MBIE hopes to release the consultation document shortly and welcomes feedback from all community housing providers. The document will be sent directly to all providers that have had contact with the Regulatory Authority and it will also be advertised on the CHA website and through our newsletter.
In the meantime, the Regulatory Authority acknowledges the time it takes to put an application together and encourages all deemed providers to continue with this work while the technical change is being made.