Human rights in social housing guidance published by Commission

While social housing providers are obliged to comply with the Human Rights Act in dealing with their tenants and others, the guidance makes it clear that this law does not give people a right to housing or prevent landlords from taking proportionate action if tenants do not pay their rent or engage in anti-social behaviour.

The guidance shows that respecting the Human Rights Act makes business sense for social housing providers, as it will help them to avoid complaints that could lead to expensive legal proceedings from tenants or criticism from the relevant regulators that could damage their reputation.

This guidance should help social housing providers identify potential human rights issues and take appropriate action without fundamentally changing the way they work.

Helen Hughes, CEO at the Equality and Human Rights Commission said:

Our role as a regulator is to help social housing providers understand what they need to do to meet their human rights obligations. Protecting the human rights of social housing tenants is not just the right thing to do, it also makes business sense.

"Human rights are about treating people with dignity and respect. These values should be the basic standard for any public service. Human rights are particularly important in relation to social housing, as people living in inadequate housing are more likely to have severe ill health, a disability or poor mental health.

The Commission’s guidance was produced with expert input from an Advisory Group consisting of social housing providers, representative organisations of social housing providers, central government and key regulators.

Find out more and download a copy of ‘Human rights at Home’ http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/human-rights/human-rights-at-home/

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