The Scottish Housing Regulator today published a summary of the risks it will focus on in its annual risk assessment.
The Regulator’s annual risk assessment is the main way it works to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants and service users.
It uses it to decide whether it needs any further information or assurance from landlords and where landlords may need to improve.
Helen Shaw, Assistant Director of Regulation, said:
“This year, for the first time in our annual risk assessment, we will take into account each landlord’s own view of its compliance with regulatory requirements, as set out in their annual assurance statements.
The statements will help us ensure social landlords continue to deliver good quality homes and services for their tenants and other service users.
“Tenant and resident safety, rent affordability and value for money all remain important priorities in our assessment of risk this year. We will continue to have a strong focus on how local authorities meet their duties to provide homes for people who need them and ensure people are not spending too long in temporary accommodation.
“We will also focus on how social landlords deliver for Gypsy/Travellers and the need for landlords to meet the minimum standards for the people who use their sites.”
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 http://www.housingregulator.gov.scot
2. SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.