Scottish Housing Regulator introduces short information return to help understand Coronavirus impact


15 April 2020

The Scottish Housing Regulator has today written to all social landlords about a new monthly landlord information return to help understand the impact of the Coronavirus on landlords’ services.

The Regulator is working with the Scottish Government and the newly formed Social Housing Resilience Group (SHRG) to understand the impact of the pandemic and where support is needed 

To get a clear picture of the Coronavirus’s impact on social landlords, tenants and other service users, it has agreed to provide regular reports to the Scottish Government and the SHRG.  This will help them to understand the scale and nature of disruption and to plan co-ordinated responses.

The information return will ask for a small amount of information on core areas including rent arrears, empty homes, lettings, staff absence (for RSLs) and homeless applications and offers (for local authorities). The Regulator will ask landlords to submit the first information return by Thursday 7 May. Returns will be monthly until the impact of the pandemic reduces.

The Regulator will share aggregate data with the Scottish Government and the SHRG.


Read the letter to landlords.



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
  2. SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.


Tracy Davren Communications Manager