How to complain about a housing association
If a housing association has done something wrong, you have the right to make a complaint. If you're unhappy with their response, you can complain to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.
When to complain
You can make a complaint about issues such as:
unfair treatment or discrimination when dealing with a housing association
problems with your home if you rent from the housing association, such as repairs not being done
problems caused by housing association tenants
You do not have to be a housing association tenant to complain.
Step 1: contact the housing association informally
You can try talking to someone at the housing association. Explain what the problem is and how it's affecting you.
Keep a record of who you spoke to and when. Get them to write down any agreements you come to.
Step 2: send a formal complaint
Email or write the the housing association. Find your housing association's contact details on the Scottish Housing Regulator.
Keep copies of any letters or emails you send.
Use our letter templates if:
you want to complain about repair problems
you think you've been given the wrong priority on the housing list
For other issues, write a letter that includes:
what you're complaining about
when the problem started
what you've done to try and solve the problem
any evidence you've got, including letters or emails you've sent previously
what you want the housing association to do
your contact details
The housing association must respond within 5 working days.
Step 3: ask for a final response
If the problem is not resolved, ask the housing association to look at your complaint again and send a final response. This is sometimes called a stage 2 complaint.
They must do this within 20 working days.
Step 4: if you're unhappy with the final response
The ombudsman is a free independent service that resolves disputes and complaints. You must complain to them within a year of the problem starting.
Last updated: 5 April 2023