Land register completion - KIR consultation

Published: 30 September 2015

Publication of the Keeper Induced Registration (KIR) consultation is days away. The report details the outcome of a number of pilot projects over the summer and the proposed approach RoS will take to KIR.

Since Scottish ministers invited the keeper of the registers to complete the land register within ten years, and five years for publicly owned land, the dedicated land register completion team within Registers of Scotland (RoS) have been actively promoting voluntary registration to landowners across Scotland.  While our focus in this initial phase is to encourage voluntary applications from larger landowners within the public and private sector we are also looking at other ways to achieve the target of a completed land register by 2024.  One lever which has the potential to add large numbers of titles onto the register is Keeper Induced Registration or KIR. This is a new power which was given to the keeper as part of the 2012 Act and allows her to add titles onto the land register without input from the owner.

Over the summer three separate pilots tested the way in which the keeper could use this new power to bring land and property across from sasines onto the land register.  The result of the pilots will be detailed within the consultation report. They have helped form the basis of the proposed approach for using KIR going forward. However This approach is open for comment and throughout the KIR consultation document we ask a number of questions and the comments and suggestions we receive will inform our final proposition.

The consultation will be published within the next few days and we will issue a special edition of our newsletter to let you know how to participate. We are keen to hear as many views as possible and will be holding workshops throughout the country as the consultation period progresses.