The Scottish Housing Regulator has underlined the central place of assurance, openness and transparency in its regulatory framework consultation proposals.
George Walker, the Scottish Housing Regulator’s chair, was speaking to tenants at TPAS Scotland’s national conference in Aviemore. He took delegates through the key proposals in the regulatory framework consultation.
George highlighted the importance of a strong tenant voice. He explained the proposed annual assurance statement would be about landlords assuring themselves that they are delivering what their tenants need and want, at a price they can afford to pay. To do this properly landlords’ need to hear objective tenant feedback, and involve tenants in assessing their performance and discussing affordability.
George told delegates: “Our emphasis will be on promoting and supporting a culture of assurance, openness and transparency. Supporting responsible landlords to do the right things for their tenants. We will continue to keep tenants right at the heart of all our work.”
George also highlighted to delegates the opportunity to get involved right at the heart of social housing regulation in Scotland. The Regulator is recruiting two new Board members. Scottish Ministers would like one new member to be someone who lives in social housing.
The Regulator’s consultation is open until 14 December. Board recruitment is open until 23 November.
- 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 regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.
- George’s speech will take place at 9.45 am on Saturday 17 November 2018.
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