The Scottish Housing Regulator is urging all registered social landlords (RSLs) to make sure they fully comply with their own rules. The Regulator has had to intervene in two RSLs recently because they did not follow their own rules, leading to major governance failures that put tenants’ interests at risk.
In each case the RSL did not elect its governing body in line with the organisation’s rules, resulting in a governing body that was unable to make decisions. The Regulator’s statutory action was the only way to address the problem.
Michael Cameron, the Regulator’s Chief Executive, explained: “We’re approaching the time of year when RSLs are preparing for their AGMs. In light of these recent cases it’s critical that RSLs understand and follow their rules. It may seem obvious, but it’s important to get the basics right.”
The Regulator raised this issue during a round-table breakfast discussion earlier today with stakeholders including landlords, membership bodies, lenders and Scottish Government officials.
The session focused on the themes from the Regulator’s recently-published regulation plans. A key topic of the discussion was the need for landlords to assess themselves against the Regulatory Standards of Governance and Financial Management. Regular self-assessment is one important way for RSL governing bodies to get assurance about how their organisation is run and to ensure that they are complying with Standards.
- 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 four Board members. More information about the Regulator can be found on its website at www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk
- SHR regulates around 160 registered social landlords and the housing activities of 32 local authorities.
- SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.
Email : Linsey.McLeay@scottishhousingregulator.gsi.gov.uk
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