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SHR: landlords have engaged positively with annual assurance statements

Report sets out lessons learned from first year of the annual assurance statements, with a particular focus on the aspects that landlords say worked well. 

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As of April 2019, all social landlords were required to make an annual assurance statement regarding their compliance with regulatory requirements. The statement is a way for boards and committees to assure themselves and their service users that they comply with regulatory requirements.

In its report, the regulator sets out the lessons learned from the first year of the annual assurance statements, with a particular focus on the aspects that landlords say worked well. 

George Walker, SHR Chair, said: “We wanted to hear from landlords about their experience of producing their first statement. This included visits to some landlords to find out more about their approach. Many told us the process had increased their level of self-assurance, especially in the areas of tenant and resident safety and rent affordability. We also heard how landlords had taken a range of different approaches to reflect their own circumstances.

“We know that the vast majority of landlords prioritise getting feedback from tenants about their performance. Many of the landlords we visited said they will consider how tenants can be more involved in the self-assurance process.”

Each year, the regulator will consider each landlord’s statement as part of its annual risk assessment, and publish the outcomes of this in engagement plans around the end of March.

Read Lessons from the first round of Annual Assurance Statement

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