The new general name for not-for-profit housing providers approved and regulated by Government through the Homes & Communities Agency. The vast majority of Registered Social Landlords are also known as Housing associations.
Housing associations are independent, not-for-profit organisations that provide homes for people in housing need. They are now the UK's major providers of new homes for rent. Many also run shared ownership schemes to help people who cannot afford to buy their own homes outright. Over recent years a number of local authorities have transferred all or part of their housing stock, including their sheltered housing, to RSLs.