Scottish Housing Regulator publishes 2014/15 Annual Report
The Scottish Housing Regulator published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2014/15.
The report highlights the work of the regulator to help safeguard and promote the interests of tenants, homeless people and others who use social landlords’ services.
Kay Blair, the regulator’s chair, said: “During 2014/15 we continued our focus on good governance, financial health, and good service delivery and performance for tenants and others who use the services of social landlords.
“The publication of a new range of performance information on the Scottish Social Housing Charter was a major achievement for us last year. Our Landlord Reports, online comparison tool and our National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter gave tenants, landlords and policy makers a new range of performance information and has enabled tenants to hold their landlords to account.
“We engaged with 67 RSLs and 21 councils following our annual risk assessment. For the first time, we used our statutory intervention powers in two separate RSLs with serious governance and financial problems. In each case we acted proportionately but decisively to protect tenants’ interests.
“A key priority for us this year will be maintaining lender confidence in the social housing sector. Interestingly, lenders recently estimated that our regulation saves RSLs around £40 million a year in interest rate charges. We will continue to engage with the lending community and with all our various stakeholders as together we seek to ensure good outcomes for tenants and others.”