The Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Act 2019 provides for the establishment of the Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority (AHBRA) to oversee the effective governance, financial management and performance of all voluntary and co-operative housing bodies. The AHBRA was formally established on 1 February 2021 and will have responsibility for, inter alia, establishing and maintaining a register of AHBs; preparing standards by which AHBs will be monitored and assessed; encouraging and facilitating the better governance, administration and management, including corporate governance and financial management, of AHBs. The Regulator will also have powers to carry out investigations and cancel the registration of AHBs. It is anticipated that the AHBRA will become fully operational in 2022. Until such time as the Regulator has full statutory powers, the interim Regulatory Committee (iRC) supported by staff of the Regulation Office based within the Housing Agency has oversight of AHBs signed up to the Voluntary Regulation Code (VRC).
The Regulation Office 2020 Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis was published in June 2021 and provides a comprehensive overview of the last assessment cycle under voluntary regulation. This provides detailed analysis on the AHB housing stock with data derived from the Annual Regulatory Returns and is only available in this detail for the period up to December 2019. A copy of this report is available on the Housing Agency website linked at: www.housingagency.ie/sites/default/files/2021-07/Regulation%20Annual%20Report%202020%20FINAL.pdf
The Housing Agency also publishes a full range of statistics on the MTR scheme including a status report by purchaser and is available at the following link: www.housingagency.ie/housing-information/mortgage-rent-statistics
The Social Housing Construction Status Report (CSR) published each quarter provides scheme level detail on social housing new build activity in each local authority, including those delivered by Approved Housing Bodies. The most recent report covers the period up to the end of Quarter 1 2021 and shows that there were more than 9,000 social homes onsite at the end of March 2021. The CSR is available at the following link: data.gov.ie/dataset/social-housing-construction-status-report-q1-2021