Housing Regulator publishes latest information on the impact of COVID-19 on social landlords


27 October 2020

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published September’s monthly dashboard report. This report is designed to help the Scottish Government and social landlords to understand the continuing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and to support the work of the Social Housing Resilience Group.

Since April, all social landlords provide the Regulator with a monthly return of a small set of key measures that focus on the main areas of impact on landlords’ operations.

The dashboard for September shows that the number of people who applied to local authorities as homeless has fallen for the second month in a row since the Regulator started collecting monthly returns from social landlords, with a 3% reduction on the August figures. For the first time there has been a small drop in the number of households in temporary accommodation by 1% from the previous month; although 14,200 households remain in temporary accommodation at the end of September. The number of lets has increased in September by 17% on the previous month with 38% of lets going to people who are homeless. Arrears figures are down marginally this month and this is the first time this has happened since April.

The published dashboards and full dataset are available here.

Landlords are due to submit the next monthly return on 7 November.

The Regulator has committed to continue to work closely with the Social Housing Resilience Group to monitor the impact of the pandemic on landlords.

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 seven Board members. More information about the Regulator can be found on its website at housingregulator.gov.scot
  2. SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.



Tracy Davren Communications Manager