Land register completion update

Published: 08 August 2017

While meeting with landowners, the LRC team often encounter the same questions about the process. Below are the responses to a couple of the most commonly asked questions:

What are the benefits of a completed land register?

For individual owners, having land registered gives greater certainty and security about what is owned, and it provides a state-backed warranty of information held on titles.

It will speed up, and reduce the cost of, transacting land in the future and registration is only required once. It will also be possible to identify the owners of each part of Scotland through an easy to use interactive map-based search.

What happens if owners don't register their land?

RoS is working with landowners to voluntarily register their land within the five and 10-year timescales, for public and private land respectively, and the 25 per cent fee reduction is now in place to encourage voluntary registrations. Land can also be transferred onto the register through a sale and from next year all properties on the Register of Sasines will transfer to the land register if additional borrowing is sought.

Land that is unlikely to ever come on to the land register either through a transfer of ownership or voluntary registration is being assessed by RoS. If required, under the 2012 Act, the Keeper can register land without input from the owner. The keeper-induced registration (KIR) process is currently being piloted and RoS will consult on it later this year.