Countdown To Home Report Introduction In Scotland

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Are you or your organisation involved in buying or selling houses? You need to be prepared for the Home report when it becomes law on 1st December 2008 in Scotland. Properties for sale will have to be marketed with information, now branded as the ‘Home Report.’ This is a pack of three documents; a Single Survey, An Energy Report and a Property Questionnaire. Its primary function is to be made available on request to prospective buyers of the property.

  • The Single Survey contains an assessment by a surveyor of the condition of the home, a valuation and an accessibility audit for people with particular needs.
  • The Energy Report contains an assessment by a surveyor of the energy efficiency of the home and its environmental impact. It also recommends ways to improve its energy efficiency.
  • The Property Questionnaire is completed by the seller of the home. It contains information about the home that will be useful for buyers.

The Law Society of Scotland, the National Association of Estate Agents and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are preparing training and awareness seminars, to help property professionals meet the new legal requirements. What you may have learnt about the system in England and Wales will not apply in Scotland. The Home Report is geared to the nature and processes of the Scottish Market.

For further information visit www.homereportscotland.gov.uk, Communities and Sport Minister, Stewart Maxwell said,

“Consumer and environmental bodies are widely supporting the Home Report, and the way in which it will bring fairness, greater awareness and a greater environmental involvement to the housing market.”

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