Regulator investigates Scottish landlord
The Scottish Housing Regulator has stepped in to investigate a Scottish housing association following ‘serious allegations’ about governance and management.
The director of Cordale Housing Association, Stephen Gibson, has been placed on extended leave and its chair, Archie Thomson, has been removed after an internal complaint.
The regulator is working with the housing association to investigate the problem, but would not give any details.
Cordale owns 512 homes in West Dunbartonshire and has been praised in the past for its work in one of Scotland’s poorest villages.
In the Scottish Housing Regulator’s plan for Cordale for the year ahead, published at the beginning of August, the regulator said: ‘We are currently engaging with Cordale about staffing and governance issues it is dealing with. Cordale received a complaint recently containing serious allegations about governance and management at the association.
‘In accordance with our notifiable events guidance, the association informed us about the complaint and appointed an independent investigator to investigate the allegations. Our regulatory expectation is that the governing body acts on the findings of the investigation report in accordance with its constitution.’
Cordale has brought in three independent board members and appointed a consultant to help it with the investigation.
A spokesperson from the regulator said: ‘We have been engaging with Cordale Housing Association about governance and staffing issues at the association. We are satisfied with the steps Cordale Housing Association has taken to date in dealing with these issues.’