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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12565: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 9 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the proposal by the Keeper of Registers of Scotland to replace the full list of conditions on title sheets with a list of the relevant burdens and a link to a scan of the original set of deeds, and what its response is to concerns that this could cause delay and increase the cost of transactions.

Answered by: Keith Brown 22 November 2017

In 2015, the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland consulted on her approach to using the Keeper-induced registration powers provided to her under the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012. As part of this consultation, the Keeper sought views on a proposal to change the way that title burdens are shown in land register title sheets, from an abbreviated version of the title deed containing burdens to the whole deed. The responses showed that there was support for this change, including from the Law Society of Scotland. Registers of Scotland is currently working with customers to consider the options for delivering this proposal in a way that would allow conveyancers to complete their work timeously and efficiently without additional cost.