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Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003

Section 69: Further provision as respects deeds of variation and of discharge

296.This section makes additional provision in respect of extinctive deeds.

297.Subsection (1) makes clear that such a deed need not be granted in favour of any particular person. This removes the current uncertainty in the law. However, there would be no objection if a grantee were named.

298.Subsection (2) allows anyone who is subject to a real burden — including a tenant or other temporary possessor (see section 9(2)) — to procure a discharge or other extinctive deed and to register it in the property register.

299.The normal rule is that only a grantee can register: see the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 section 5(1) (Register of Sasines), and rule 9(1) of the Land Registration (Scotland) Rules 1980 (Land Register). Subsection (3) allows registration by a granter in cases where the deed is granted by a majority of owners, or by a manager. In at least some of these cases the grantee might oppose the deed and would not therefore be willing to register. In other cases allowing a manager to register is administratively convenient.

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