Charity Commission probes now defunct housing charity

The regulator has announced that it opened a statutory inquiry into Alternative Housing on 4 July 2017 after it was convicted for breaches of housing regulations

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a now defunct Bristol-based housing charity.

The regulator said it had opened an inquiry into Alternative Housing on 4 July 2017 after the charity was convicted for several breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006.

The charity provided accommodation, support and care to people in need of help because of their age, ill-health, disability, financial hardships or other disadvantages.

A number of the charity’s properties had been deemed unsatisfactory for residents, which led to the convictions against the charity.

A subsequent appeal by the charity against the convictions was dismissed.

The commission said its inquiry would look into the extent to which there was misconduct or mismanagement in the charity’s administration and whether there had been a breach of trust or failure to comply with charity law.

The inquiry is also looking into the extent to which there was a significant risk to the charity’s properties and beneficiaries.

During the inquiry, the commission found the charity had ceased to operate and it was removed from the charities register last month.

The commission said its inquiry was ongoing despite the charity’s closure.

A commission spokeswoman said the delay between the opening of the inquiry and its announcement was to avoid prejudicing ongoing investigative work.

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