The Scottish Housing Regulator today published a summary of its work plans for 2021/22. The year ahead will see the Regulator supporting the national COVID-19 response alongside carrying out a programme of planned regulatory activities.
The Regulator will continue to work with the Scottish Government and contribute to the Social Housing Resilience Group. It will monitor and report on the impact of COVID-19 on social landlords, identify emerging risks and issues and provide guidance.
Its planned regulatory work will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, homelessness, rent affordability, and tenant and resident safety, along with RSLs’ financial health and good governance. Its engagement with RSLs and local authorities will reflect the outcome of its annual risk assessment.
It will publish national reports on the financial health of RSLs and landlord performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter.
The Regulator will also continue to work with its National Panel of Tenants and Service Users, tenant representatives and tenant advisors to help it understand tenants’ and service users’ priorities.
Michael Cameron, Chief Executive said:
“We will continue to remain agile and responsive to developments in relation to COVID-19 and the easing of restrictions. We will continue to keep a focus on monitoring and reporting on the impact of the pandemic on social landlords services over the year ahead.
“We look forward to continuing to work with tenants and service users, social landlords and all of our stakeholders as we all continue to work to tackle the challenges ahead.”
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 six 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.