Land Owners in Scotland Urged to Register Voluntarily for New Mapping Process

Registers of Scotland (RoS) is to work with Scottish Land and Estates to make sure that landowners in Scotland are part of the process that will see all privately owned land registered and mapped by 2024. The Scottish Government has asked RoS to complete the country’s land register by 2024 for privately owned land and property and by 2019 for publicly owned titles. At the moment, around 58% of all Scottish properties are on the register and around 27% of Scotland’s land mass. Almost all the remaining properties are held on the General Register of Sasines. Property currently transfers from the Sasine to the Land Register through change in ownership, or by the owner voluntarily applying for registration. However from April next year this register will close to standard securities, such as a remortgage, and any change to title will automatically come on to the land register.

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