The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) is an independent regulator of Registered Social Landlord (RSL) and Local Authority housing services in Scotland. They were established on 1 April 2011 under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. They have one statutory objective:
“to safeguard and promote the interests of current and future tenants of social landlords, people who are or may become homeless, and people who use housing services provided by registered social landlords (RSLs) and local authorities”.
They regulate social landlords to protect the interests of people who receive services from them. They do this by assessing and reporting on:
- how social landlords are performing their housing services
- RSLs’ financial well-being
- RSLs’ standards of governance
They intervene to secure improvements where they need to.
More information is provided in the SHR publication: How we regulate – A guide for tenants and service users
They also keep a Register of all the RSLs in Scotland, which holds important information about each landlord and how you can contact them.
In regulating, they focus on securing good outcomes for tenants and other service users, help them to hold their landlords to account and drive improvement in the provision of social housing.
Each year a Regulatory Assessment is made using a risk-based and proportionate approach. This year the SHR assessed that Abertay Housing Association is Low Engagement. This means that there is not a Regulation Plan in place, and the SHR will ask for the standard returns including audited accounts, Annual Return on the Charter (ARC) and five year financial projections.
You can find the information about Abertay held by the SHR in the Register of Social Landlords here