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Scottish Diligence Statistics 2022-23

Latest annual official statistics on diligences and Charge for Payment based on information submitted by officers of court


Table 3 below shows that Notices of Inhibition increased by 207.1% in 2022-23 when compared with 2021-22. There were 4,585 Schedules of Inhibition in 2022-23, an 81.6% increase on the previous year. Schedules of Inhibition on the Dependence increased by 111.6%.

able 3. Inhibition Statistics
Nature of action initiated 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 Annual Change
Notices of Inhibition 309 220 95 84 258 207.1%
Schedules of Inhibition 2,828 2,663 2,151 2,525 4,585 81.6%
Schedules of Inhibition on the Dependence 180 187 105 112 237 111.6%
Source: Registers of Scotland

Note that an inhibition does not provide a direct means of debt recovery. However, it does prohibit a debtor from dealing with their heritable property after the inhibition takes effect, providing a safeguard to prevent the disposal of the assets. If an inhibition is registered against a debtor, they will not have the right to sell the property or to take out a secured loan (such as a second mortgage) against it.

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