Regulator’s report shows increases in rent arrears and the number of lets being made


30 March 2021

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published February’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.

February’s dashboard shows that aggregate rent arrears have risen to 6.46%, the highest level since the Regulator started collecting monthly returns from social landlords in April 2020. There has also been a 40% increase in lets being made by social landlords, after the Regulator had reported that lets had fallen by more than a third in January, with 42% of lets in February to homeless households – the highest level since June 2020.

Due to planned changes in its recording system, City of Edinburgh Council could not provide figures for the homelessness indicators in time for publication. Given this, the dashboard does not show figures for the change from the previous month for the homelessness indicators. Excluding Edinburgh, there were small drops in the number of people who applied to local authorities as homeless (this fell by 2%), and in the number of households in temporary accommodation (this fell by 0.4%).

Since April 2020, all social landlords have provided the Regulator with a monthly return of a small set of key measures that focus on the main areas of impact on landlords’ operations. On 5 March 2021, the Regulator wrote to all landlords to advise them that, after the next return which is due on 9 April 2021, the frequency of the returns will change from monthly to quarterly.

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 six 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