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What are compulsory purchase orders?

You might find the Scottish Government's compulsory purchase and compensation guide useful - it's for owners, tenants and occupiers.

In some situations, the council, the Scottish Government or a utility company may need to buy your home from you, in order to build a road, for example, or a public building such as a school, or because the property you live in is dangerous and needs to be demolished. In order to do this, they must get a compulsory purchase order (CPO). This section explains what CPOs are and how they work, and what you can do if your home is subject to a CPO.

Although CPOs can be used by a variety of different agencies, this section uses the example of the council. However, all public authorities must go through a similar procedure.

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