Regulator’s report shows a reduction in the number of homeless applications and people in temporary accommodation, but higher rent arrears for local authority landlords


21 December 2020

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published November’s monthly dashboard report. 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.

November’s dashboard shows that aggregate rent arrears have risen to their highest level since the Regulator started collecting monthly returns from social landlords in April, although arrears for Registered Social Landlords have fallen to their lowest level since April.

Fewer people applied to local authorities as homeless in November compared to October; and, for the third month in a row, there was a reduction in the number of people in temporary accommodation. At the end of November, 13,815 households remained in temporary accommodation, which is the lowest this figure has been since May. The number of lets made in the month surpassed 5,000 for the first time since the monthly returns started, with 39% of the lets going to people who were experiencing homelessness.

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 Regulator recently wrote to all landlords to confirm that the December return has been suspended, and so the next monthly return from landlords is due on 8 February 2021.

Read the published dashboards and full data set 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 eight Board members. More information about the Regulator can be found on its website at
  1. SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.



Tracy Davren Communications Manager