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 available here.
The Scottish Housing Regulator has produced a guide for tenants and service users on how they regulate which is available here.
They also keep a Register of all the RSLs in Scotland, which holds important information about each landlord and how you can contact them. Abertay’s entry is here.
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 Medium Engagement. This means we have an Engagement Plan agreed with the SHR. In addition to the usual returns applicable to all RSLs, we provide them with more detailed financial information and provide them with information on our governance and development activities.
The SHR has introduced a new requirement that all RSLs submit an annual Assurance Statement. The first statement was approved by the Management Committee on 30 October 2019 and is available here.
Abertay submits a number of returns to the SHR each year. They can be found here.