Land register completion
Scotland is moving towards a single system of registration for land and property titles. Once complete, the Land Register of Scotland will provide a full picture of exactly who owns what across the country.
The land register is a digital, map-based public record of land ownership in Scotland. It is replacing the 400-year-old deeds-based General Register of Sasines.
A completed land register will be a national asset for Scotland and will make buying and selling property easier, faster and cheaper. It will allow anyone to find out who owns what through an easy online search.
Complete by 2024
In May 2014, Scottish ministers asked the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland to complete the land register by 2024, and to register all public land by 2019. The Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012 provides a statutory framework for the completion of the land register.
When a property is sold, it automatically moves to the land register though an application by the purchaser. But because many properties rarely or never change hands, sales on their own aren’t enough to complete the land register.
Properties are being moved to the land register in three additional ways:
- Voluntary registration
- Keeper-induced registration
- The closure of the sasine register to standard securities
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If you’re a homeowner and Registers of Scotland has moved your property to the land register, you can visit our keeper-induced registration page for more information.
If you have a media enquiry relating to land register completion, visit our media contacts page.
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The Keeper of the Registers of Scotland has been asked by the Scottish Ministers to complete the land register within 10 years. One way this will be achieved will be by voluntary registration.
Keeper-induced registration is a new power for RoS, brought in as part of the 2012 Act. It allows the Keeper to move property titles from the General Register of Sasines onto the Land Register without an application from the owner.