The enforcement of the right
Associate Chris Carr, discusses the recent offer made by the National Housing Federation, or NHF, of a 'Voluntary Right to Buy' to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in publication 24housing. Chris discusses the number of promises that have been made to Housing Associations, by the NHF in its offer, some of which the Secretary of State has tacitly accepted in public, others which he has not committed on.
It is therefore, unsurprising that many commentators are speculating how the eventual agreement will be enacted. This could be created, via one of the 3 following models:
- The government could insist on some form of statutory underpinning (the Housing Bill is due to be published shortly and this may answer that question)
- It could be introduced as a new or additional form of grant funding agreement with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA); or
- A third self-regulating option, may be preferred, for individual Housing Associations to introduce their own policies, possibly within some sort of framework agreement and their own internal governance procedures.
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