One thing I love about Scotland is the logicality of legal transactions, especially when it comes to properties.
Scottish law is largely derived from French law, and is distinguishable from English law in a number of ways.
For example, ‘gazumping‘ is illegal in Scotland, while in England it is a common practice that leaves home sellers between properties as their own home sells, but the house they bid on is sold to a higher bidder at the last minute.
In contrast, in Scotland the gentleman’s agreement is binding – once your word is given, the property is taken off the market and negotiations begin in earnest.
Alas, the rigour with which agencies operate might fall in my disadvantage – having spied The Perfect Flat only meters from my new office, I hastened to schedule a viewing for the month’s end, while securing a deposit now.
But I was thwarted, for one cannot place a deposit unless the flat has been viewed in person and five viewers are lined up this week.
I could howl.
But instead I shall sit in my office and glare angrily at the tenants, rather like this:
Until they move, then I shall sweep in in a flurry of books and boxes and cackle in the attic with joy.