Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority gets additional powers from 1st January 2022

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien T.D., has signed an Order (S.I 728 of 2021) commencing sections of the Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Act 2019 which will provide the Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority (AHBRA) with further powers and functions.

From 1st January 2022, AHBRA will have responsibility for establishing and maintaining the register of AHBs and for registering organisations as AHBs. All AHBs currently on the Department’s register will be automatically deemed to be registered with AHBRA as and from 1st January 2022.

Minister O’Brien commented:

“AHBRA is an important element in support of our ambitious housing agenda, overseeing the effective governance, financial management and performance of all AHBs. AHBs make a vital contribution to the delivery of social housing across the country. Statutory regulation will provide further assurances to tenants, the public and potential investors that AHBs operate in a secure environment. I am pleased that AHBRA will shortly have these functions.”

New organisations wishing to register as AHBs should contact AHBRA directly at