Regulator publishes the first quarterly report on the impact of COVID-19 on social landlords


10 August 2021

Note: This press release is an update to our earlier press release due to the identification of a data error. The corrected dashboards are available below.

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published the first quarterly dashboard report covering the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. 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 2020, all social landlords have been providing the Regulator with a monthly return on a small set of key measures that focus on the main areas of impact on landlords’ operations. From April 2021, the frequency of the returns changed from monthly to quarterly. The first quarterly returns were due from landlords on 20 July 2021. The quarterly returns include some additional indicators including information on re-let times and rent lost from properties being empty.

The March dashboard showed that rent arrears had fallen to their lowest level since the Regulator started collecting monthly returns from social landlords in April 2020. The first quarterly return confirms that arrears levels have remained stable since March 2021.

There has also been a marginal decrease in the number of households in temporary accommodation. We are currently engaging with all of Scotland’s local authorities to monitor and assess their approach to performing their statutory duty to provide settled accommodation to all those assessed as being unintentionally homeless.

View the first quarterly dashboard and full data set from all 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 eight 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