ARHM launches new Code of Practice

A new Code of Practice for the management of leasehold retirement housing in England came into force on 1 June 2016. Approved by the Government under the Leasehold, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, the Code aims to promote best practice in the management of leasehold retirement housing, regardless of whether the services are provided by private companies or housing associations.

The Code can be used as evidence in a court or tribunal case by a leasehold manager, a leaseholder or their family. It not only sets out the statutory obligations that apply to the management of leasehold properties, but also the additional requirements which should be followed as a matter of good practice.

It forms a benchmark for Leasehold Valuation Tribunals in the exercise of their role in relation to the management of retirement leasehold properties. This makes the code an extremely useful source of reference for both managers and leaseholders, as it provides clarification around the level of service they can expect to receive.

EAC is working closely with the ARHM on a number of initiatives to promote the new Code of Practice and, though its HousingCare website and advice service, profile ARHM’s member organisations and the developments they manage.