Voluntary Registration: Where are we now?

This article takes a look at how voluntary registration is faring almost 2 years since the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 came into force.

20 December 2016

The Keeper of the Registers of Scotland has been invited by the Scottish Ministers to complete the Land Register of Scotland by 2024, with a target for all public land to be registered by 2019 and all remaining (private) land by 2024. One way that Registers of Scotland hope to achieve this goal is by encouraging landowners to undertake voluntary registration of their title in the Land Register.

Voluntary registration (being registration without a deed) is not a new mechanism but since the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 came into force in December 2014, it has become a much simpler and smoother process for landowners to undertake.

Given the Government interest in obtaining transparency in landownership in Scotland, registration in the Land Register is of particular importance. As the Land Register is a map based system (in contrast to the older Sasine Register which is deeds based), it is easier to search and identify owners of land. 

So how is voluntary registration faring, almost 2 years on? Find out more in our briefing paper.