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  • The Scottish Home Report

    6th September 2018

    The Scottish Home Report

     

    Houses for sale in Scotland have to be marketed with a Home Report. This is a pack of three documents: a Single Survey, an Energy Report and a Property Questionnaire.

    • 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 extra information about the home, such as Council Tax banding and factoring costs that will be useful to buyers.

    The Home Report is made available on request to prospective buyers of a home. There is no legal requirement to update the Home Report provided the house remains on the market.

     

    This report is made available to buyers and sellers ahead of offers being made so that buyers and sellers can put forward an appropriate final offer. Unlike in England and Wales, offers that are put forward in Scotland are legally binding. Therefore it is imperative that buyers know the property condition at this stage as it is not possible to make an offer, check the condition and renegotiate.

     

    Why were Home Reports introduced?

    We introduced the Home Report in 2008 to address the aims identified in the Stewardship and Responsibility report:

    • to provide better information about the condition of properties to sellers and buyers before offers are placed (and give sellers an incentive to carry out repairs before marketing their properties)
    • to address the problem of multiple surveys and valuations being carried out
    • to address the problem of artificially low asking prices being set