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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08103: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has considered or will consider including an asbestos survey in home reports.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 22 March 2017

The Scottish Government has no plans to review what is included within Home Reports. The Home Report includes a single survey and energy report, which are completed by a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and a property questionnaire, which is completed by the seller.

When completing the single survey, the chartered surveyor is not acting as a licensed asbestos inspector and is not considered an expert in that field. The single survey is a non-invasive survey and the surveyor will assume that no harmful or hazardous materials or techniques have been used in the construction. A chartered surveyor may however highlight the possibility of asbestos in their report in the interests of best practice but there is no legal obligation for them to do so.

There is also specific provision within the property questionnaire for the seller to provide information if he or she is aware of the presence of asbestos in the house.