The Right to Transfer (RTT) gives council tenants in England and Wales a legal right to choose a new landlord, be that an existing housing association or a new one set up by the tenants.
Section 296 of the Housing & Regeneration Act 2008 is the statutory underpinning of the Right to Transfer. This gives the Secretary of State or Welsh Ministers, the power to make regulations requiring local authorities to co-operate with tenant groups who wish to transfer to a new landlord.
The Right to Transfer Regulations and Statutory Guidance for England now exist and are due to be laid before Parliament in October/November 2013.
I work for a tenant management organisation that intends to use the RTT to explore the potential advantages of a tenant led stock transfer. This blog is informed by my experience with the process, but all views and opinions are mine, not of my employer.