Looking to the future with RoS

Stay up to date with everything happening at Registers of Scotland (RoS) with our monthly update.

Key messages:

  • Tackling the arrear
  • Future of Conveyancing Conference
  • Property Market Report
  • Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land (RCI)
  • COVID–19 Emergency Legislation extension
  • Register Land and Property – request access now
  • Moving registration to the Cloud

Registers of Scotland continues to operate in line with Scottish Government guidance.

Our remote working practices are now well established and will continue for the foreseeable future.

RoS offices remain closed. However, if essential access to one of our offices is required for staff to complete a particular piece of work, this can be arranged in a manner which ensures the safety of all colleagues involved.

Tackling the arrear

Although the vast majority of our work is completed within service standards RoS has publicly recognised that we have an arrear of casework. We think this is unacceptable.

Prior to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we were making strong progress in clearing the arrear. We continue to take steps to re-establish the momentum we have lost over the last 15 months so that we can clear the arrear completely and ensure that it does not return.

Find out more in my latest blog.

Future of Conveyancing Conference

We were delighted to welcome so many of you at the Future of Conveyancing Conference. We’ve been encouraged by the extremely positive feedback we’ve received so far, and I hope that you found it as thought provoking and informative as I did.

You can now view all the recordings from the conference on our website.

If you want to be kept up to date on next steps, contact events@ros.gov.uk

Property Market Report

Our annual Property Market Report is now available, detailing the major trends in the Scottish land and property market since 2003-04 and including analysis on the residential and non-residential markets.

Visit our website to find out more.

Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land (RCI)

The design and development of the RCI service continues with a live date of 1 April 2022 for submissions.

Our Policy Lead, Lynne Johnstone provided an update on RCI at the Future of Conveyancing conference. Visit YouTube to view the recording.

This month, the team achieved another milestone passing the Alpha stage of Digital Standard assessment. The Digital Scotland Service Standards ensure that we are following best practice in the design of a digital service which meets users’ needs and uses the right technology.

For more information, visit the RCI page.

COVID–19 Emergency Legislation extension

The Scottish Government has approved a Bill to extend provisions in the two Scottish Coronavirus Acts that were due to expire on 30 September 2021.

The Bill will extend provisions relating to Registers of Scotland in both Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts. This enables digital submission of applications to the property registers. It will also enable registration/recording and the issuing of documents relating to the Register of Inhibitions and the Register of Judgments to continue electronically.

You can find out more about the Bill from the Scottish Parliament.

Register land and property

We’ve introduced a new way to register land and property and you can now request access on behalf of your firm on our website.

You can also view the latest demo video on YouTube.

Moving registration to the Cloud

Since 2019 we have been working on a transformative strategy to move our registration services to the cloud. In this blog – which is the second in a short series about our cloud journey – our Head of IT Service Paul Christie sets out lessons learned so far.

Find out more on our website.

Contact us

For general enquiries or specific questions about an application contact:

Email: customerservices@ros.gov.uk  Phone: 0800 169 9391

If there are is anything else you would like to bring to my attention during this period, please email FAO Jennifer Henderson: rossecretariat@ros.gov.uk

Jennifer Henderson, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland

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