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Housing regulator to share lessons from annual assurance statements

The regulator will visit 10 landlords over December and January to find out more about how they produced their annual assurance statement

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The Scottish Housing Regulator has announced the start of a project that will result in it sharing lessons from the first round of landlord annual assurance statements.

The regulator will visit 10 landlords over December and January to find out more about how they produced their annual assurance statement. The landlords were selected to achieve a geographical mix, a range of sizes and types of landlords, and different types of assurance statement.  

During the visits, the regulator will ask social landlords about their experience in producing the first annual assurance statements, the approach they took and how they gained self-assurance, particularly around rent affordability and tenant safety. 

The regulator will publish the results of the visits to share positive practice and lessons learned.

The regulator published all landlords’ statements received on 7 November.

Michael Cameron, Chief Executive at the Scottish Housing Regulator said: “This is the first year social landlords have completed their annual assurance statements. So, we want to hear about their experience.

“We want to hear about the different approaches landlords took, what went well as well as any lessons learned.

“We will share the findings and any positive practice with the sector when we publish the results in March 2020.”

The 10 landlords that the regulator will visit are:

  • Argyll Community Housing Association
  • Bield Housing and Care
  • Caledonia Housing Association
  • Easthall Park Housing Co-operative
  • Linthouse Housing Association
  • Loreburn Housing Association
  • Muirhouse Housing Association
  • North Ayrshire Council
  • Highland Council
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)

Social landlord’s annual assurance statements are available on the regulator’s website www.housingregulator.gov.scot