Scottish Home Reports Still Very Much Alive!

The Coalition Government recently announced the suspension of Home Information Packs (more commonly known as a HIP) however this has no impact at all on Scotland's Home Reports...

The Coalition Government recently announced the suspension of Home Information Packs (more commonly known as a HIP).  However this has no impact at all on Scotland's Home Reports which were created through the Scottish Parliament where housing is a devolved matter. 

"The Home Report in Scotland contains a professional Survey and Valuation which is the most important information buyers require. The property HIP offered in England did not include this critical information merely  an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and information relating to the legal title,services etc which whilst relevant is of far less importance to a prospective purchaser considering whether to buy." said Bob Cherry, Partner at CKD Galbraith. 

The main differences are as follows:

Home Report  (Scotland)

  • Property Questionnaire
  • Single Survey
  • Valuation
  • Energy Performance Certificate

Home Information Pack  - HIP (England)

  • Property Questionnaire
  • Evidence of Title
  • Local Searches
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Energy Performance Certificate