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.