Emergency bill now published

Published: 01 April 2020 - 8:22am

The emergency Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill was published on Tuesday 31 March.

We expect all 3 stages of its passage will be on Wednesday 1 April. Subject to the Parliament’s approval, the Bill is likely to come into force next week.

Details can be found on the Scottish Parliament website.

Among other things, the Bill contains provisions that if passed will:

  • enable the property registers to continue to function and accept new applications
  • extend the existing 35 day period that an Advance Notice provides to applicants for a period of 10 days after the registers are fully reopened allowing essential property transactions already in progress to proceed to settlement
  • allow people to submit applications for registration to the property registers digitally while the Registers of Scotland are temporarily unable to receive applications by post

The majority of measures in the Bill will automatically expire six months after coming into force. They may be extended for two further periods of six months, giving a maximum duration of 18 months.

Once the Bill has completed its Parliamentary process, we will provide high level guidance to assist public bodies identify the provisions that are likely to be relevant and action they need to take.

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