Unifi ScotlandUnifi Scotland intends to stimulate debate in order to promote a more coordinated approach to property and fixed asset information, and on occasion will publish papers and information for review and consideration.

The debates we focus on will depend on the nature or timing of particular subjects or market initiatives, whether private or public sector led.

The current topics under discussion are:

  • Unique Property Reference Numbers
  • What do clients want from the conveyancing process
  • Digital Signatures – The Myth and Reality

In addition to date, we have published the following white papers.

The first, on unauthorised alterations to domestic properties, calls upon the Scottish Government to address the issue of unauthorised alterations to domestic properties and to consider plans for an on-line national property database for individual properties.

The second, on the land and property ‘big picture’, describes how the current disjointed management of fixed asset and land information impacts upon the public and private sectors and the citizens of Scotland.

The third, on a national gazetteer for Scotland, brings to life the idea of a national gazetteer – defined in this context as a “geographic index or dictionary” – an idea as old as the Domesday Book itself.

We have also created a debate, on market failures to provide real-life examples of why reform is required in Scotland. Failures in the provision of land and property information can have a real and lasting impact on people’s lives and could be avoided if a more joined-up approach to the provision of timely and accurate land and property information were put in place.

To view these white papers, please visit the links on the left.

Other links:

1. Conveyancing in Scotland

Registers of Scotland Automatic Registration of Title to Land, (ARTL), service as a modern tool

Purchaser’s Information Advisory Group (PIAG)

Law society site advice on conveyancing

Single Survey Article from Scottish Executive

Housing Improvement Task Force

2. Planning

Planning Bill for Scotland (pdf)

The proposed National Planning Portal for Scotland

3. Information Providers

4. Mortgage Lenders

Confederation of Mortgage Lenders