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Social housing

Social housing is the provision of housing at affordable rates for those whose needs cannot be met by the commercial housing market. 

Housing can be provided by the local authority, registered social landlords or other not for profit organisations, as well as through other schemes such as the provision of affordable housing as part of new housing developments. 

Social housing is allocated in accordance with need. 

Registered social landlords are regulated by the Welsh Ministers.

The regulation of registered social landlords will continue in accordance with Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996, and local authorities will continue to owe duties in respect of social housing provision under the Housing Act 1985 and Housing Act 1996, but landlords of social housing will be known as ‘community landlords’ and will enter into occupation contracts with their tenants (contract-holders) once the 2016 Act is implemented.

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