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Single Survey Providers - Home Report

The Home Report was introduced on 1 December 2008. The three documents that form a Home Report are a Single Survey with an Energy Report and a Property Questionnaire. The Home Report regulations say that only surveyors registered with or authorised to practise by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors may prepare Single Surveys. Scottish Ministers will assess any application to be a provider of Single Survey from any other professional organisations who can satisfy certain criteria.

If you think your organisation meets the criteria a case can be made for it to be included as a 'prescribed provider' of Single Surveys. The regulations can be amended to include further organisations.

This would only be likely to happen if there was a strong enough business case and there was a strong likelihood of there being enough Single Survey work to do. You should be aware that a property valuation is an essential part of the Single Survey. Being accepted onto lenders' panels is not one of the set criteria for being prescribed under the regulations - including a particular firm on a lender's panel is a matter for individual lenders to decide.

However, from a commercial perspective, potential providers would have to satisfy themselves that lenders would accept valuations from their members, and that their members would in practice have to be on the lenders' panels. In this case, it would be very likely that non-surveyors would need to be trained to ensure they were qualified to do Single Survey inspections.

What to do next?

If you think it meets the criteria, ask your professional body to contact homereportinformation@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.