SHR publishes information about how it uses its statutory intervention powers


12 October 2021

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published more information about how it uses its statutory intervention powers if it needs to take action to safeguard the interests of tenants and service users.  

The Regulator’s information note is part of its how we work series which aims to provide more information about how it regulates. It explains what it will do and what a social landlord and others can expect if it needs to use its statutory intervention powers such as appointing a manager, appointing governing body members and directing a transfer. The information note explains how the Regulator expects to use these powers, based on its experience of applying the powers.

Margaret Sharkey, Assistant Director of Regulation, said:

“We want to be as open as possible about how we regulate so that tenants and service users, landlords and others with an interest in our work have a clear understanding of what we do, how we do it and why we do it.

“We only use our statutory intervention powers if there is a risk to the interests of tenants and service users.

“This information note helps explain for landlords, tenants and service users, and others who are interested in our work how we use these powers if we need to.”

Read the Regulator’s information note on how it uses its statutory powers.

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