Land Register for Clubs
Is your club’s green on Scotland’s land register?
All land and property in Scotland is due to move to the digital, map-based Land Register of Scotland by 2024. For bowling clubs who own their greens, clubhouses or other property, the change presents the opportunity to clarify and protect their ownership.
If you own land or property in Scotland, your ownership is recorded on one of two public registers: the modern Land Register of Scotland, or the 400 year-old General Register of Sasines. The newer register is replacing the older by 2024, meaning that all property titles still on the sasine register will move to the land register.
Registers of Scotland is the non-ministerial government department responsible for land and property registration. It is encouraging owners with titles on the older register, including sports clubs, to voluntarily move to the land register.
Unlike the sasine register, which relies on the verbal descriptions of property boundaries contained in deeds, the land register records exact boundaries on a digital map, making it much easier to interrogate.
A title on the land register makes any future property transactions easier, faster and cheaper – a major benefit for clubs considering the sale of a piece of surplus land or property. Clubs wishing to refinance their property will also find that a title on the land register facilitates this process.
A land register title includes a state-backed warranty, giving protection against claims of adverse possession. Moving to the land register also allows owners to clarify their exact boundaries, bringing greater certainty and security of ownership.
Registers of Scotland charges a fee for voluntary registration, but is able to reduce this by 25 per cent until at least mid-2019. With this discount, fees range from £45 for property valued up to £50,000, to a maximum fee of £5,625 for properties valued over £5 million. It’s likely that clubs will also incur costs for legal work and for mapping and title investigation.
Registers of Scotland can offer advice to guide bowling clubs and other owners through the voluntary registration process.
Find out more...
Contact Registers of Scotland on LRCompletion@ros.gov.uk
Read our voluntary registration guide at kb.ros.gov.uk/voluntary-registration-guide