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Housing (Scotland) Act 2006


141.Section 114 gives the Scottish Ministers the power to give grants to fund development work in relation to the form, content, and terms of preparation of prescribed documents and to set conditions for the payment of grants.

142.Section 115 establishes that the duty to provide prescribed information only applies where the house is sold with vacant possession. A house will be assumed to be available with vacant possession and the duties will apply, unless it is clear when the house is being marketed that there is not vacant possession.

143.Section 116 addresses the situation where two or more houses in a sub-divided building are marketed as a single property. This is treated as the sale of a single house. As long as at least one of the houses is available with vacant possession, the prescribed documents must be provided.

144.If any person acting as the agent for the seller of a house commits a breach of duty under this Part of the Act, section 117 allows the enforcement authority to notify the Office of Fair Trading and any other person or body with an interest in this breach. Where a fixed penalty notice is issued, the enforcement authority must inform the Office of Fair Trading of the penalty notice, the withdrawal of the notice and the result of any appeal against the notice.

145.Section 118 defines possession of documents. A document is deemed to be possessed by a person if they do not have it, but can take immediate possession of the document (in the case of non-electronic documents) or in the case of electronic documents they are treated as being in possession if, using readily available equipment, the person can view and print a legible copy.

146.Section 119 defines expressions for the purposes of this Part.

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