Regulator sets out the risks it will focus on in its annual risk assessment


30 March 2020

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 and provides assurance that social landlords continue to deliver good quality homes and services for their tenants and other service users.  The Regulator uses the annual risk assessment to determine what assurance it needs from landlords and what they may need to improve.

Helen Shaw, Assistant Director of Regulation, said:

“This year, we will have a strong focus on how social landlords are responding to the challenges of COVID-19. We will also take into account each landlord’s own view of its compliance with regulatory requirements, as set out in their annual assurance statements.”

“Tenant and resident safety, rent affordability as well as good governance and financial health 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 are threatened with, or experiencing, homelessness.

“We will also focus on how social landlords deliver for Gypsy/Travellers and the need for landlords to meet the minimum standards and fire safety requirements for the people who use their sites.”

Read about the risks the Regulator will focus on.

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