A consultation on the powers the Tenant Services Authority (TSA), will wield over local authorities has been launched.
Councils will come under the new social housing regulator from April 2010 and ministers say it will put all social housing tenants, regardless of whether their landlord is a registered social landlord or council, on an equal footing.
The TSA, which was created by Housing and Regeneration Act (2008), has pledged to be a light touch regulator for those meeting the required standards and keep regulatory burden to a minimum.
Housing minister John Healey said few had contested the idea of having a single regulator.
He added: “This consultation is an important step to securing a better deal for all social housing tenants. Having a decent home and good housing services should not be a lottery depending on who the landlord happens to be.
“I have been struck by the breadth and depth of support behind moving to a single regulator. Few have contested the idea that landlords who deliver similar services should be expected to adhere to the same standards.
TSA chief executive Peter Marsh said: “We recognise there are some excellent local authority landlords up and down the country, but where this is not the case and tenants are not getting the deal they deserve, we will regulate in a proportionate way to raise the standard of service for tenants.”
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