2012 Act

2012 Act

The Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012 came into force on 8 December 2014.


The 2012 Act followed on from, and developed, the recommendations made by the Scottish Law Commission in their report on land registration published in February 2010.

A new scheme of land registration

The 2012 Act put in place a new scheme of land registration. The main purpose of the act was to reform and restate the law on the registration of rights to land in the Land Register of Scotland. The act achieved this by repealing much of the current land registration statute: the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979, and the Land Registration (Scotland) Rules 2006 made under that act.

The 2012 Act realigned the law of land registration with property law. It also put on a statutory footing many of the policies and practices the keeper had developed since the introduction of the Land Register in 1981.

New concepts

The 2012 Act introduced new concepts, such as advance notices, and new rules that govern how the keeper registers deeds and makes up the register.

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