The Scottish Housing Regulator has launched a national discussion on the future of social housing regulation in Scotland. It has published a discussion paper inviting tenants, landlords and others with an interest in its work to share their feedback and views by 11 August 2023.

The discussion paper sets out the Regulator’s thinking on its future approach, regulatory priorities and how it will work. It will use the feedback on the paper to develop its detailed proposals for a new Regulatory Framework, and will consult on the new Framework later this year.

George Walker, the Regulator’s chair, said “We are committed to reviewing the Regulatory Framework every five years. We believe the current Regulatory Framework has worked well during the last five years, and that it broadly remains relevant and appropriate. We also recognise a clear appetite from many involved in social housing for a period of stability and continuity.

“So, we will aim to maintain our current approach, but with some change to reflect the learning from the last five years and to ensure the Framework remains up to date. The discussion paper sets out initial suggestions on what we think we might need or want to change. We are keen to hear the views of all our stakeholders on our early ideas.”

The Regulator’s discussion paper explains how it will continue to keep a focus on safeguarding and promoting the interests of tenants, people who are homeless and others who use social landlords’ services.

To read the discussion paper and to find out how to join the discussion, just click here.