Keeper's message

Published: 09 March 2015

Message from the keeper - February 2015

We have published our report on the Land Register completion consultation – thank you once again to everyone who took part. One of the main outcomes of the report is that Scottish ministers have agreed to offer a 25 per cent reduction in voluntary registration fees as part of efforts to complete the Land Register by 2024, with all public land registered by 2019.

This will be supported by removing our legal power to refuse applications for voluntary registration. This will formalise the open-door policy for voluntary registrations that we have operated for some time. We will also be closing the Sasine Register to standard securities, and waiving the voluntary registration fee for the affected title. We'll be discussing these changes with stakeholders before they come into effect later this year.

It's now nearly three months since the designated day, and our rejection rate figures – currently at six per cent – show that we are all working well with the new processes and requirements of the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012. Because the 2012 Act is now business as usual, we'll be taking our dedicated 2012 Act website offline on Friday 27 February. You'll still be able to get the same guidance, information and frequently asked questions via the registration pages on our website.

The new land and buildings transaction tax online portal is now live on the Revenue Scotland website in advance of the tax coming into effect on 1 April this year. ARTL customers can use their existing login credentials to access the portal. For help setting this up, just email eservices@ros.gov.uk or phone 0800 028 9296.

Finally, I will be joining Deputy First Minister John Swinney and a range of stakeholders including solicitors, lenders, local authority officials and fellow civil servants to discuss the creation of a land and property information database for Scotland. The conference takes place at the Scottish National Gallery on 10 March.