Message to Customers - John King, Business Development Director

It's now one year since Scottish ministers asked RoS to complete the Land Register of Scotland within 10 years – by 2024 – and to register all public land within five years – by 2019.

Over the past twelve months, RoS has set up a dedicated project team to coordinate activities and engage with key stakeholders that will enable us to fulfil the work that we need to do to allow land register completion (LRC) in this time frame.

Following our consultation report the Registers of Scotland (Voluntary registration, amendment of fees, etc) Order has been laid in the Scottish Parliament and subject to approval will:

  • offer a reduction of 25 per cent in the fees for voluntary registration, at least until the next fee review in 2017 – we expect this to take effect from 30 June
  • in due course, close the General Register of Sasines to new securities and remove the fee completely for related voluntary registrations
  • officially remove the keeper's discretion to refuse to accept an application for voluntary registration

From early June 2015, Registers of Scotland (RoS) will also be publishing a 10-Year property report which highlights activity in the Scottish property market during the decade 2005-2015. This is the third report of its kind since all of Scotland's 33 registration counties began recording applications on the modern map-based Land Register, rather than the deeds-based General Register of Sasines. Stay tuned to the RoS website for when the report will be available in June.

Following customer feedback, a number of improvements have been made to our eservices to improve the application processes for shared and sharing plots. As an organisation we welcome customer feedback and continuously strive to improve our service provision to all customers.

Best wishes

John King