The TIS Tenant Scrutiny Programme is proving popular with Councils and RSLs throughout Scotland. TIS launched its Tenant Scrutiny Framework in December to provide a practical tool for tenants and landlords to develop their tenant scrutiny activities.
“The next few years will provide an opportunity for organisations to develop good practice and share experiences about how they are developing tenant scrutiny and how this is influencing business decisions”, Danny Mullen, Convenor of TIS
The concept of scrutiny and self assessment is not new in Scotland and has existed in other social policy fields for some time. However the emphasis on tenant scrutiny and self assessment is new to the social rented housing sector in Scotland. TIS can provide a range of services to support tenants and landlords develop their tenant scrutiny activities. These include;
• Support to audit Tenant Participation Strategies;
• Training and support to tenants, staff, board and elected members on the Scottish Social Housing Charter, new regulatory arrangements, developing scrutiny activities;
• Developing your tenant scrutiny framework;
• Training workshops for tenants and residents involved in scrutiny panels, tenant led inspections and mystery shopping;
• How to recruit tenants to get involved in scrutiny
TIS is also developing a Tenant Scrutiny Accreditation programme for use by tenants and landlords in Scotland.
Drew Nisbett, Housing Manager, Fife Housing Association “TIS have been invaluable in supporting us to develop a tenant scrutiny framework that will work for Fife Housing Association”.
Tenant Scrutiny will be the key topic of the Saturday Workshop at the TIS Annual Conference on the 1st & 2nd June 2013, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow.