The Regulator of Social Housing has published its decision to de-register St Andrews Community Housing Association (St Andrews) and Kinsman Housing Limited (Kinsman) from the register of social housing providers.

Registration as a registered provider brings with it the requirement to meet RSH’s standards on an ongoing basis. St Andrews and Kinsman are both small providers which have been in ‘serious and persistent’ breach of the regulator’s standards, according to the Regulator. Each own and manage social homes under arrangements entered into after registration which give material controls and all beneficial interest to a third party. As a result, the Regulator has had ongoing and serious concerns about each provider’s financial viability and weak governance arrangements.

Each provider has failed to take adequate action to address their ongoing non-compliance in response to enforcement notices that the Regulator published in February 2023.

The RSH has now concluded that St Andrews and Kinsman have each failed to meet the eligibility criteria for registration. They add that the providers do not have adequate control over their social housing assets, putting them at undue risk, which means they are unable to sustain their financial viability on an ongoing basis as required.

Jonathan Walters, deputy chief executive of RSH, said: “Being a registered provider of social housing is an important and valuable role, that comes with responsibilities and obligations. Maintaining the register is crucial for us to deliver our fundamental objectives, and all registered providers must meet the registration criteria.

“St Andrews and Kinsman have failed to do this, and they have persistently breached our standards. As a result we have decided to remove each provider from the register of social housing providers.”