The Scottish Housing Regulator today launched a national discussion on the future of social housing regulation in Scotland. It has published a discussion paper inviting tenants, landlords and others with an interest in its work to share their feedback and views by 11 August 2023.
The discussion paper sets out the Regulator’s early thinking on its future approach, regulatory priorities and how it will work. It will use the feedback on the paper to develop its detailed proposals for a new Regulatory Framework. It will consult on the new Framework later this year.
George Walker, the Regulator’s Chair, said “We are committed to reviewing the Regulatory Framework every five years. We believe the current Regulatory Framework has worked well during the last five years, and that it broadly remains relevant and appropriate. We also recognise a clear appetite from many involved in social housing for a period of stability and continuity. So, we will aim to maintain our current approach, but with some change to reflect the learning from the last five years and to ensure the Framework remains up to date. The discussion paper sets out initial suggestions on what we think we might need or want to change. We are keen to hear the views of all our stakeholders on our early ideas.”
The Regulator’s discussion paper explains how it will continue to keep a focus on safeguarding and promoting the interests of tenants, people who are homeless and others who use social landlords’ services.
Notes to editors
- 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
- SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.