Scottish Housing Regulator and Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator publish updated Memorandum of Understanding


29 October 2021

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) have today published an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which sets out how they will work together to regulate charitable Registered Social Landlords (RSLs).

SHR and OSCR have distinct statutory responsibilities in relation to the regulation of charitable RSLs. The MoU explains how SHR and OSCR will work together to fulfil their statutory responsibilities and prevent duplication of regulation and any unnecessary burden on charitable RSLs. SHR and OSCR have adopted a ‘lead regulator’ model for charitable RSLs which allows SHR to take the lead in substantial business with charitable RSLs whilst at the same time ensuring legal requirements are met.

Michael Cameron Chief Executive of SHR said "SHR and OSCR developed this MoU to ensure we work effectively to fulfil our statutory duties and minimise the burden of regulation for charitable RSLs. The MoU describes the practical arrangements both regulators have put in place to keep the requirements for charitable RSLs proportionate."

Read the MoU 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