How we are Regulated

As a registered social landlord, charity and company, the Association’s functions are closely regulated in a number of ways.

The Scottish Housing Regulator

Southside Housing Association in a registered social landlord in Scotland, with the Scottish Housing Regulator registration number: RSL 186 Registered Social Landlords in Scotland are regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR). The SHR aims to safeguard and promote the interests of current and future tenants of social landlords and other people who use our services. The SHR closely assess the Association and other social landlords based on:
  • How we are performing in delivering our housing services
  • Our financial viability and well-being, and;
  • How we are meeting the SHR’s standards of governance and financial management

The Scottish Housing Regulator has published a helpful guide ‘how we regulate: a guide for tenants and service users .’

The Association has a statutory duty to provide certain information to the SHR throughout the year, key documents which the SHR publish in relation to the Association can be found on the SHR website. The Association has a Complaints Handling Procedure which you can use when you are dissatisfied with an aspect of how we have delivered our services, or how that may have affected you. When things go wrong that have a serious and adverse impact on a significant number of people, you can report these issues as a significant performance failure to the SHR who will investigate and take appropriate action to address your concerns.

The Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate regulates cares services in Scotland. They support improvement in care services and work to ensure that quality of care in Scotland meets high standards.

The Saffron Project is a registered care service with The Care Inspectorate – service number: CS20004066816. The Association’s Saffron Project, which provides accommodation and a floating support service for young people from a Black and Minority Ethnic background is regulated by the Care Inspectorate. Each year The Association has to provide an annual return to the Care Inspectorate. The Care Inspectorate also carry out periodic inspections of the Saffron Project. Here is a copy of the most recent Care Inspectorate inspection report: Care Inspectorate – Saffron Project Inspection Report May 2019

Scottish Social Service Council

Our Saffron Project staff are also registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), who are the body who regulate workers in care and social services in Scotland. Find out more about how the SSSC regulate at:

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Southside Housing Association is a Scottish Charity registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Scottish Charity no: SC036009. As a registered charity in Scotland, we are regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) who monitor our compliance with our obligations in line with the provisions set out in the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. The Association provides an annual return to OSCR every December.

Financial Conduct Authority

Southside Housing Association is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registration no: 1694RS. The Association must also register with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and changes to Association Rules for example can only proceed with the consent of the FCA. We must also provide financial information annually to the FCA, you can find details of the Association’s annual returns here:

Southside Housing Association is also a VAT registered company with HM Revenue and Customs, our VAT Registration No. is 886 7830 59

Scottish Government Property Factors Register

The Association’s wholly owned subsidiary Southside Factoring and Related Services are registered with the Scottish Government as a property factor, property factor registration no. PF000323.

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