The Scottish Housing Regulator is looking for feedback and ideas on the future of social housing regulation in Scotland. It has published a discussion paper and is inviting tenants, landlords and others with an interest in its work to contribute their views by 30 March.
The discussion paper sets out the Regulator’s early thinking on its future approach, regulatory priorities and how it will work. The Regulator will use the feedback on the paper to develop its detailed proposals for a new Regulatory Framework. It will consult on the new Framework later this year.
One of the important themes in the paper is how landlords and the Regulator can promote a strong tenant voice.
George Walker, the Regulator’s Chair, said “For social landlords, effective ways for tenants and service users to have their voices heard are critical. Our work to date has promoted a strong tenant voice.
“We want to build on the strengths and successes of the existing Regulatory Framework. We also want to learn from our experiences over the last five years, respond to new challenges and consider the future context for landlords. “We want our work to have the most positive impact that it can, so we have also taken account of the latest thinking in wider regulatory best practice.
“We are keen to hear what people think about our ideas overall, and to get their views on a number of more specific questions. We welcome feedback from all organisations and individuals with an interest in our work.”
The Regulator’s discussion paper explains how it will continue to focus on safeguarding and promoting the interests of tenants, people who are homeless and others who use social landlords’ services.
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.
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