Housing Regulator underlines the need for landlords to keep rents affordable for tenants


24 October 2019

The Scottish Housing Regulator today underlined the need for landlords to keep rents affordable for their tenants.

Speaking today at a Tenant Information Service event on rent setting and affordability, the Regulator’s Chief Executive, Michael Cameron said:

“It’s important that landlords demonstrate to their tenants that their rents will remain affordable and that they are having effective dialogue with their tenants on rent levels and increases.”

“Landlords should be asking themselves whether they are doing everything possible to be efficient and drive costs from their business before passing costs on to tenants.”

Read Michael's speech 

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 sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.
3. The Regulator recently published a report on the findings of its research with its National Panel of Tenants and Service Users https://www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk/about-us/news/pressure-on-affordability-continues-as-landlords-raise-rents-above-inflation-regulator-finds
4. The Regulator’s Chief Executive, Michael Cameron’s recent blog post also highlighted the importance of affordable rents. https://www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk/about-us/news/why-landlords-should-think-carefully-before-hiking-rents-a-blog-by-michael-cameron