Registers of Scotland releases updated country of origin data
Registers of Scotland (RoS) releases its updated land and property titles in Scotland by country of origin publication. This publication accompanies the update of the overseas company report – a dataset containing information about all properties owned or leased in Scotland by overseas companies – and presents statistics on the country of origin of purchasers in Scotland.
- 5.3% (81,852 titles) were in England (an increase of 0.1 percentage points)
- 0.2% (2,714 titles) were in Wales (no change)
- 0.5% (8,325 titles) were in Northern Ireland (no change)
- 1.0 per cent (15, 730 titles) were overseas (no change)
Chart 1: Percentage of land register titles with owner/tenant addresses outwith the UK, by proprietor type
Registered buyers and tenants originate from 153 countries around the world. The top 10 countries by the origin of the purchaser/tenant are shown in the Table 1 below. As was the case in December 2017, more companies purchasing or leasing in Scotland came from Jersey than anywhere else, while USA was the most common country for individuals. The order by volume of the other countries remains largely unchanged when compared with December 2017, with only minor shifts in position.
More than half (53.6%) of all titles owned or leased by companies from outwith the UK were accounted for by 4 countries: Jersey, Isle of Man, British Virgin Islands and Guernsey.
Table 1: land register titles with owner/tenant addresses outwith the UK by volume
View and download the full land and property titles in Scotland by country of origin, as at 30 June 2018, statistical report and further information about the overseas company report, what it contains and what it costs are available in our information sheet.
Notes to editors
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- The Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, Jennifer Henderson, is available for interview.
- Registers of Scotland (RoS) is the government department responsible for compiling and maintaining registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland. RoS records and safeguards the rights of the individual while providing open access to information on the registers.
- RoS began compiling quarterly statistics on the housing market with the completion of the extension of the Land Register to all counties in Scotland in April 2003. RoS also contributes to the UK House Price Index, in partnership with the Office of National Statistics, HM Land Registry and Land & Property Services Northern Ireland.
- The most recent RoS property market report was published in June 2018, detailing trends in the land and property market since 2007-08.
- The statistics have been produced in accordance with the Code of Practice for official statistics.
- The overseas company report and the statistical release will be updated on a 6-monthly basis.
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- The report does not include titles in the Sasines Register.
- There were a total of 1.78 million titles registered on the Land Register as at 30th June 2018. Of these, 1.54 million titles represent properties with an identifiable proprietor address. The two most significant reasons for not having an identifiable address occur when: ownership/tenancy is by a public body and no designation address is required; and when the supplied address does not include an entry in any of the town/county/country fields to enable the identification of a geographic location.
- Previously published figures as at 31 December 2017 have since been revised due to a minor data processing error that was identified – further information on this is available in the current publication.
- Other legal entities include partnerships, trusts and trustees, or mixed ownership/tenancy between companies, individuals and/or partnerships/trusts.
- A small proportion of titles will have been associated with more than one country where title is shared by more than one owner/tenant with addresses in different overseas countries. In these cases, only the first address detailed on the title has been used in these statistics.