Why land registration matters


Registers of Scotland maintains the oldest continuous land register in the world.

Land registration in Scotland began with the establishment of the General Register of Sasines in 1617. The register was an early anti-fraud measure for the benefit of land owners.

Since then, things have evolved but the basic principle remains the same.

The benefits of land registration

A land register is a publically accessible register of property rights. Most, like ours, are underpinned by state guarantee.

It is considered beneficial to government, citizens and the economy.

Land registration offers certainty of title to property owners, potential purchasers and lenders. With a land register, you can prove ownership of what you are selling or borrowing against.

Our Land Register:

  • gives businesses confidence to lend against or invest in property
  • identifies property on the Ordnance Survey Map
  • gives clarity of what rights benefit and burdens affect properties
  • is easier to search
  • is quicker and cheaper to transact on

Our Land Register is now searchable online with ScotLIS.


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