Regulator reports on the ongoing impact of COVID 19 on social landlords


21 August 2020

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published July’s monthly dashboard report.  This report is designed to help the Scottish Government and social landlords to understand the continuing impact of the Coronavirus and to support the work of the Social Housing Resilience Group. 

The figures released today show a significant increase in the number of empty homes let by social landlords - up by more than 76% on the previous month.  Lets to people who are homeless increased by around 28%, and when added to empty homes put to use as temporary accommodation account for about 47% of total lets.  The number of people applying as homeless and the number of people in temporary accommodation both increased. 

Since April, 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. 

The published dashboards and full dataset are available on the Regulator’s website.

Landlords are due to submit the next monthly return for August on 7th September.

The Regulator has committed to continue to work closely with the Social Housing Resilience Group to monitor the impact of the pandemic on landlords.  It will continue to collect and publish the information each month until such times as the information is no longer required.  It anticipates collecting and publishing the information for the remainder of this financial year.

View the dashboard and dataset here.



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