The Scottish Housing Regulator is consulting on proposals for how it regulates social housing in Scotland. It is inviting tenants, landlords and others with an interest in its work to give their views by 14 December.
In its proposals, the Regulator explains how it will continue to safeguard and promote the interests of current and future tenants, people who are homeless and others who use social landlords’ services.
A key proposal would see the introduction of Annual Assurance Statements for local authorities and RSLs. Through these Statements, landlords would confirm that they are meeting the standards and outcomes in the Scottish Social Housing Charter, and regulatory requirements. For RSLs, these include the Standards of Governance and Financial Management.
George Walker, the Regulator’s Chair, said “Our proposals aim to support landlords to do the right things, by promoting a culture of assurance, openness and transparency.
“We want to support RSL governing body and local authority committee members to get the assurance they need that their organisations are well-run, so can deliver what tenants and other service users need and want at a price they can afford to pay.
“Our proposals reflect feedback from stakeholders on our discussion paper earlier this year. Since then we’ve continued to discuss our ideas at meetings and events, to develop and test our thinking.
“Thank you to everyone who has shared their views so far. This has been a really constructive discussion, and your feedback has been invaluable. The draft Regulatory Framework and guidance we are now proposing have been shaped by your feedback, and will continue to be informed by your responses to this consultation.”
The Regulator will use the consultation feedback to develop its final Regulatory Framework and guidance for publication in February 2019.
- 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
- SHR regulates around 160 registered social landlords and the housing activities of 32 local authorities.
- SHR sets out how it currently regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.
- The consultation package includes a draft Regulatory Framework and statutory guidance. The Regulator has also published a narrative to summarise what’s in the consultation, explain its thinking and invite feedback.
- SHR published a discussion paper on the future of social housing regulation in January 2018.
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