Market failures

Unifi ScotlandFailures in the timely and accurate provision of land and property information can have a real and lasting impact on people’s lives.

These case studies have been posted to provide real life examples of why reform is required in Scotland. Problems like the ones highlighted could have been avoided if a more joined up approach to the provision of timely and accurate land and property information had been provided.

In case study one, we look at a new housing development where one of the great attractions was the proximity of open rural land adjacent to the homes. The new home buyers were aware that there was to be a play area built on part of the ground, but were dismayed to discover, once they had moved in, that the local authority had much more ambitious plans which would have a significant effect on their homes.

In case study two, a buyer discovers that he has bought a property which he is completely unable to use. A previous planning condition stated the building’s future use should be ancillary to an adjacent property, and that any changes of use were not permitted. The new owner had no recourse against the seller or the planning authority.

Case study three highlights the difficulty in establishing the listed building status of a property, despite the information being published on Historic Scotland’s web site.

In case study four, we see the challenges presented to an owner of a tenement flat when the property upstairs is used as a holiday let for stag and hen parties.

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