Designated Day announcement

Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing today announced that the designated day when the new powers of the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 will take effect will be 8 December 2014. The new legislation in the 2012 Act will bring registration law more closely in line with general property law in Scotland and provide for the completion of the Land Register.

Mr Fergus Ewing added: 
“For most of us, purchasing our home is the biggest financial commitment we make and I am proud that Scotland has the world’s longest history of public registers protecting our property rights.

The 2012 Act will provide further protection and security to those buying and selling property in Scotland. Registers of Scotland is streamlining its processes and working in close partnership with those involved in conveyancing to make sure that the changes go smoothly, and the benefits the new legislation brings are maximised for the citizen. Businesses that rely on property transactions will also benefit from the more efficient processes and the accelerated completion of the Land Register. These improvements to an already successful land registration system will give an even firmer base to Scotland’s continuing economic development.”

Keeper of the Registers of Scotland Sheenagh Adams added:
“The 2012 Act will affect everyone involved in land and property and will improve an already well-established land registration system.  It is to the credit of both Registers of Scotland and the conveyancing community that it has enabled the effective registration of nearly 1.5 million properties since 1981.  Registers of Scotland has undertaken an enormous amount of work internally, as well as with stakeholders to prepare for the 2012 Act, and we are delighted that the designated day will be 8 December 2014.”

Ross Mackay, Chair of the Law Society’s Property Law Committee, commented: 
“We welcome the designated day being 8 December. The Property Law Committee has been working in close partnership with Registers of Scotland on the practicalities and the requirements of the 2012 Act from the conveyancer’s point of view and have every confidence that all that is necessary is being done to make sure the changeover is a smooth one. The changes to practice that the Act introduces are welcome and we would encourage solicitors to take advantage of the launch events that RoS and the Law Society will be organising later this year.”

Professor George Gretton of Edinburgh University added:
"I am delighted that the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 is to be brought fully into force in December 2014. Scotland was the first state in the world to introduce a country-wide property registration system, in the shape of the Registration Act 1617. The revised system introduced by the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 was a great leap forward, but experience has revealed significant shortcomings. The new legislation seeks to rectify those shortcomings, and to give Scotland a property registration law that will stand comparison with the best in the world."

ENDS

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Issued on May 21, 2014