Scottish Housing Regulator highlights the importance of landlords ensuring tenant and resident safety

The Scottish Housing Regulator has written to all social landlords to highlight the importance of meeting their duties to keep tenants and residents safe. The Regulator’s letter comes after it identified that some of the registered social landlords it had been engaging with had been unable to show they met the required duties. This includes those around the management of asbestos and electrical safety.

It also found that the governing bodies of these landlords did not seek or get the necessary assurance that their organisation was meeting its legal duties on tenant and resident safety.

The Regulator requires landlords to assure themselves that they are complying with all relevant duties around the safety of tenants’ homes.

Ian Brennan, Director of Regulation, said:
‘Social landlords must ensure they meet all duties on tenant and resident safety and that they obtain the necessary assurances about their compliance. They must ensure that they are taking prompt action to address any non-compliance’.

You can access copies of the letters on the Scottish Housing Regulators site here

The Regulator in England has been reminding Social Landlords of this requirement for many years; in fact our Director, Vicki, has worked with many of them over a number of years to carry out compliance audits and support them in providing assurance, over and above that of the ‘internal audit’ function… there are many examples of failings and the lessons that can be learned from the English Sector and she would be pleased to speak with organisation in Scotland to offer advice and support.