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


25 September 2020

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published August’s monthly dashboard report.  This report is designed to help the Scottish Government and social landlords  understand the continuing impact of the Coronavirus 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 information published for August shows that the number of people who applied to local authorities as homeless has fallen for the first time since the Regulator started collecting monthly returns from social landlords in April, with a 2% reduction compared to July. However, there has been a further in increase in the number of households in temporary accommodation, with 14,383 at the end of August. Almost 9,500 homes remained empty at the end of August, even though landlords let almost 600 more homes than in July.

Rent arrears increased from 6.33% in July to 6.37% in August.

The published dashboards and full dataset are available here.

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


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 
  2. SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework –Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.


Tracy Davren Communications Manager