Raising standards in retirement housing
The ARHM was founded in 1991 and since its inception has developed an extremely important role in the management of leasehold retirement housing. We are pleased to have Baroness Sally Greengross as our President and a voluntary Board of Directors with a wealth of experience who hold senior roles in the retirement sector.
The ARHM now represents 55 member organisations who manage 105,000 retirement properties in the UK. It is also the only body that jointly represents both the private sector and registered social landlords, which is why it is now widely consulted on various matters by both the Government and other professional bodies.
The ARHM's mission is to continually raise standards within the sector by promoting best practice and ethics amongst those managing retirement housing. It is also committed to promoting quality and professionalism through training and education of its members and raising awareness of the benefits of retirement housing.
The ARHM Code of Practice for England, which was approved by the Government under the Leasehold, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, aims to promote best practice in the management of leasehold retirement housing, regardless of whether the services are provided by private companies or housing associations. It not only sets out the statutory obligations that apply to the management of leasehold properties, but also sets out additional requirements which should be followed as a matter of good practice. The Code of Practice forms a benchmark for Leasehold Valuation Tribunals in the exercise of their role in relation to the management of retirement leasehold properties. This makes the code an extremely useful source of reference for managers, and also for leaseholders as it provides clarification around the level of service they can expect to receive.
The ARHM has also achieved success on a national basis. The Code of Practice for Scotland was launched by Alex Neil MSP, the Housing and Communities Minister for the Scottish Government on 26 October 2009. The Code of Practice for Wales was successfully launched by Jocelyn Davies AM, the Deputy Minister for Housing at the Senedd in Cardiff on 22 November 2010. The ARHM remains committed to raising standards in retirement housing across the whole of the UK.
Our current Code of Practice is currently under review and is expected to come into force in April 2016.
Association of Retirement Housing Managers
c/o EAC, 3rd Floor
89 Albert Embankment
P: 020 7463 0660
1-3 Manor Road
Registered in England No: 2625179
Vat No: 596 1126 28