Allan Mackenzie, RoS’s senior responsible officer for keeper-induced registration, gives an update on the project’s first phase.
Back in November 2016, we started using keeper-induced registration (KIR) to add small numbers of titles in selected areas to the land register. We completed our initial phase at the end of March, and we’re now analysing the results before we roll out a full programme of KIR.
KIR is a new power for Registers of Scotland (RoS), brought in as part of the 2012 Act. It’s an important part of our work to complete the land register by 2024, as it enables us to move titles from the General Register of Sasines to the land register without an application or consent from the owner. It lets us register properties that are unlikely to come onto the land register by other means, such as voluntary registration, or in response to a trigger such as a sale or a new standard security.
We’re using KIR to register titles in urban, residential areas such as housing estates which contain a number of similar properties, and where we already have substantial information about the content of titles.
In the initial phase from November to March, we registered more than 4,500 privately owned house plots in specific postcode areas of Dumbarton, Midlothian and Angus registration counties (these ‘counties’ have slightly different boundaries from local authorities).
In the public sector, we started using KIR in Clackmannan and Lanark registration counties, mostly registering local authority housing stock. Since many of these residential addresses – and adjacent areas such as play parks – often belong to the same local authority owner, in many cases we registered a number of addresses within the same title. To date we’ve registered almost 1,200 addresses within 29 titles.
The KIR teams we’ve established for private and public properties are continuing to register titles in the above areas.
Our internal KIR processes differ slightly between privately and publicly owned land and properties. Having completed the first phase, we’re pleased to report that the procedures we’ve put in place for both types of property are working well.
We’ve received a number of ‘applications for transfer’ for properties we’ve added to the land register through KIR, which means that the property is being sold. Keeping an eye on these transactions will help us to understand how KIR affects the conveyancing process.
We’re currently carrying out a detailed review of the initial phase of KIR, including the feedback we’ve received from property owners and conveyancing solicitors. Once the review is complete we’ll update our KIR webpage with information about the next steps in our KIR programme.