Social housing tenants could get the power to sack their landlords, Ruth Kelly, the communities secretary, told the Chartered Institute of Housing in Harrogate.

Outlining government proposals to revamp social housing regulations, Kelly said: “As we move towards a clearer separation of ownership and management, tenants should be able to vote with their feet and get the service they want, including triggering stock transfer if that is what they think is required.”

As part of the shake-up, social housing regulation will be transferred from the Housing Corporation to a new independent body. Private firms managing social housing will be brought under the same regime as registered social landlords.

Kelly also confirmed that the government intends to extend shared ownership.