Housing Regulator launches early version of new website


02 May 2019

The Scottish Housing Regulator has launched an early version of a new website and is looking for feedback.

The new site is in a test, or ‘beta’ phase. This means it’s still a work in progress. It’s designed to be easy to navigate, to work well with different devices and to be accessible.

Iain Muirhead, the Regulator’s Director of Digital and Business Support, said: “Our website is the main way people find out about our work. It’s important that tenants and landlords can find the information they need easily.

“We’ve designed the website to be accessible and simple to navigate. As it’s a test version we know it won’t work perfectly yet. And we’ll be adding more material to it over the coming months. We want to hear what people think at this stage, to help us make improvements before we launch it fully.”

The launch comes shortly after the introduction of the new Regulatory Framework. The Framework and suite of related guidance are available on the site.

There’s a short, simple survey on the site that can be accessed from the top right corner of any page so that users can provide feedback.

The beta phase will run until early June. The Regulator’s existing website will continue to operate until the full launch of the new site later in the year.

The Regulator’s new site is available at https://beta.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk/ and can be accessed from the Regulator’s existing site www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk

Notes to editors

1. The Scottish Housing Regulator was established on 1 April 2011 under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. Its objective is to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants and others who use local authority and RSL housing services. The Regulator operates independently of Scottish Ministers and is accountable directly to the Scottish Parliament. It assumed its full regulatory responsibilities on 1 April 2012. The Regulator consists of the Chair and eight Board members. More information about the Regulator can be found on its website at www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk

2. SHR regulates around 160 registered social landlords and the housing activities of 32 local authorities.

3. SHR sets out how it regulates in its Regulatory Framework - Regulation of social housing in Scotland.