This Jargon Buster gives an explanation of the terms used on this website.
Some of these definitions have come from the Tenant Participation Advisory
Service (TPAS) website (www.tpas.org.uk).
Since January 1989 all new tenants of housing associations have assured tenancies. They have fewer rights in law than secure tenants, although Housing Corporation guidance requires some of these rights be written into assured tenancy agreements.
Assessing an organisation’s performance by comparing it to that of other organisations of a similar size and purpose.
Black & Minority Ethnic. Sometimes written as BEM (Black and Ethnic Minority).
Choice based lettings
Choice-based lettings are based on the Dutch style of advertising and letting homes and aims to give a more customer focused approach to the letting of social housing.
Department for the Communities and Local Government
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - the UK Government department dealing with policies affecting food, air, land and water.
East of England Regional Assembly - The East of England Regional Assembly exists to promote the economic, social and environmental well-being in the East of England.
Housing Association – an organisation providing social housing (now referred to as Registered Providers of Social Housing).
Sub-market housing including Low Cost Home Ownership Schemes, designed to meet the needs of households who cannot access full cost market housing but who can afford to pay more than housing association rents.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
A term used by Government to define people who do jobs that are essential to the community, such as Firefighters, Nurses, Teachers etc. Keyworkers often struggle to find housing in areas where house prices are very high, leading to shortages of essential workers in places such as London.
Local Authority – an administrative unit of local government.
Low Cost Home Ownership - subsidised housing in the private, owner-occupied sector which is available to people who cannot afford to occupy houses generally available on the open market.
Large Scale Voluntary Transfer of stock from the local authority sector to the HA sector (with tenant approval).
The National Register of Social Housing (NROSH) is a system for collecting social housing data on individual properties directly from local authorities (LAs) and housing associations (HAs). The data standards, latest field definitions and XML schema can be found by visiting the CLG website.
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister - former government department responsible for town and country planning policy and administration (now DCLG).
Private Finance Initiative - designed to encourage private-sector involvement and finance in capital projects.
Registered Provider of Social Housing
Registered Provider of Social Housing
Registered Social Landlord - usually used to describe housing associations that are registered with a regulatory body (now referred to as Registered Providers of Social Housing).
Regulatory and Statistical Return - an annual survey of Housing Association stockholdings and rents, administered by the Housing Corporation.
Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows a Local Planning Authority (LPA) to enter into a legally binding agreement or planning obligation, with a land developer over a related issue. The obligation is sometimes termed as a 'Section 106 Agreement'. S106 Agreements can act as a main instrument for placing restrictions on the developers, often requiring them to minimise the impact on the local community and to carry out tasks, which will provide community benefits.
The vast majority of local authority tenants, and housing association tenants whose tenancies began before 15 January 1989, are secure tenants and have a range of additional rights covered in the Housing Act 1985.
South East England Regional Assembly - The Assembly has responsibilities in the three key areas of advocacy, accountability and regional planning in the South East.
A programme whereby people who cannot get full mortgages share the cost of purchasing a property with an RSL. The applicant (lessee) and the social landlord each pay a part of the purchase price, the lessee making mortgage payments to a bank or building society on the share purchased and paying an affordable rent to the RSL on the RSL’s remaining share. The term ‘shared ownership’ applies to any scheme where a proportion of ownership may be purchased. Conventionally, lessees have the option to ‘staircase’ their stake of ownership in a property by purchasing further shares from the social landlord.
Tenant Services Authority
The Tenant Services Authority was set up as a result of the 2008 Housing and Regeneration Act. The Act increases the TSA’s powers over the regulation of social housing.