Latest country of origin data report published

Published: 26 March 2019

Registers of Scotland (RoS) has updated its Land and Property Titles in Scotland by Country of Origin publication today.

The publication presents statistics on the country of origin of land and property owners and tenants in Scotland.

The statistics are based on Land Register land and property titles in Scotland, as at 31 December 2018, where the registered legal owner (or the tenant under a long term commercial lease) has provided an address at the time of the registration that is able to be classified to a geographic location.

RoS Accountable Officer Janet Egdell said:

“Of the 1.75 million classified titles within the Land Register as at 31 December 2018, both residential and non-residential, 6.0% (104,257 titles) related to titles for which one or more of the registered owners (buyers or tenants) had an address identifiable as being outside Scotland.”

Owner/tenant addresses by country of origin, as at time of registration, are shown below:

  • 4.3% (74,564 titles) were in England
  • 0.1% (1,828 titles) were in Wales
  • 0.2% (3,748 titles) were in Northern Ireland
  • 1.4% (24,117 titles) were outwith UK
  • 94.0% (1.64 million titles) were in Scotland

With respect to the 24,117 titles in Scotland for which one or more of the registered buyers or tenants had an address identifiable as outside of the UK at the time of purchase (including UK overseas territories), 82.2% of the proprietors were individuals, 13.1% were non-UK companies, 3.4% were trustees, limited partnerships, miscellaneous bodies and corporations, and 1.3% were mixed ownership between companies, other legal entities and individuals.

Registered buyers and tenants had addresses from 164 countries around the world, excluding the UK. More companies purchasing or leasing in Scotland came from Isle of Man than anywhere else, while USA was the most common country for individuals.

More than half (61.9%) of all titles owned or leased by companies from outwith the UK were accounted for by four Crown dependencies and overseas territories: Isle of Man, Jersey, British Virgin Islands and Guernsey.

Of the 24,094 titles in Scotland for which one or more of the registered buyers or tenants had an address outside of the UK at the time of purchase, 88.8%, or 21,386 titles, related to ownership while the remaining 11.2%, or 2,708 titles, related to tenancy under long-term commercial leases.

With regard to the absolute number of titles, City of Edinburgh and Glasgow City are the most popular areas of Scotland for purchasers/tenants from abroad to buy or lease. Renfrewshire was the third most popular area, equating to around 12% of outwith UK title holdings. However, it is likely that some of these holdings may relate to very small parcels of land such as parking spaces and storage facilities near to Glasgow airport. A large proportion (82%) of the Renfrewshire titles relate to commercial leases. The next most popular areas are Fife (5.5% of title holdings), Aberdeen City (5.0%) and Highland (4.4%).

View the full Land and property titles in Scotland by country of origin report.

The Country of origin company report – a dataset containing information about all properties owned or leased in Scotland by companies outwith UK – was also updated and available to purchase.

Notes to editors

  1. 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.
  2. This is an official statistics publication for Scotland. The statistics presented here on residential property in Scotland have been produced in line with the principles set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics.
  3. 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.
  4. The most recent RoS long-term property market report was published in June 2018, detailing trends in the land and property market since 2007-08.
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  1. The report does not include titles in the Sasines Register.
  2. There were a total of 1.80 million titles registered on the Land Register as at 31 December 2018. Of these, 1.79 million titles were registered with a proprietor address. Of these, 1.75 million were registered with a supplied proprietor address and classified to a geographic location. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. There were 23 titles that could not be classified by interest.

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