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Housing Regulator’s inquiry finds strong gas safety performance

07 December 2017

Social landlords in Scotland report a strong performance in delivering annual gas safety checks in tenants’ homes. This is the main finding from a new report published today by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

The Regulator’s report is the outcome of its national thematic inquiry into how landlords meet their annual gas safety duties for 477,000 tenants across Scotland who use gas in their homes. Social landlords must maintain gas fittings and flues in tenants’ homes in a safe condition and carry out safety checks for appliances and flues at intervals of not more than twelve months.

Landlords reported to the Regulator that 99.9% of their homes had an annual gas safety check completed in 2016/17, up from 98.1% in 2013/14. The Regulator’s report highlights how the most effective landlords recognise the importance of gas safety and promote a culture of responsibility.

George Walker, SHR Chair, said: “On the whole, landlords are performing well in delivering annual safety checks. This is very good news for tenants.”

George noted that the Regulator has had a focus on gas safety for more than a decade. He highlighted the significant progress the social housing sector has made over this period. He said: “We all know too well that we can’t be complacent, that in this matter 100% performance is essential, and there is room for improvement from some landlords on performance and on reporting. But it’s important to acknowledge that this represents significant progress in a crucial area of tenant safety.”

The Regulator analysed national performance information, spoke with tenants, engaged with a sample of landlords and worked directly with the Health and Safety Executive. The report takes a closer look at six case study landlords and shares positive practice.

Read Gas and tenant safety in Scottish social housing: a thematic inquiry.

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 seven Board members. More information about the Regulator can be found on its website at www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk 2. SHR regulates around 160 registered social landlords and the housing activities of 32 local authorities. 3. SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland. Contact: Tracy Davren Communications Manager 0141 242 5574 Tracy.Davren@scottishhousingregualtor.gsi.gov.uk