Section 19 – Debtor’s home and other heritable property
73.Subsection (1) amends section 32 of the 1985 Act by inserting new subsections (9A) and (9B) into that section. Subsection (9A) provides that, when a trustee gives heritable property back to a debtor, written notification by the trustee is evidence that the debtor is now the owner of the property. Subsection (9B) provides that the trustee must register the notice of abandonment in the Register of Inhibitions. This ensures that anyone dealing with the debtor can see from a search of that register that the debtor is the owner. A search of that register would reveal the existence of the sequestration and without evidence of the notice of abandonment it would appear to a searcher that the property was still owned by the trustee for the creditors in the sequestration. The form of the notice will be prescribed by the Scottish Ministers.
74.Subsection (2) inserts new section 39A into the 1985 Act.