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Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012

Shared plots

Section 17: Shared plots

70.This section and the following three sections provide for a scheme to define common areas and give them standalone title sheets. These common areas, such as driveways, shared gardens, amenity areas and bin stores often currently appear in more than one title sheet, meaning that when viewing the cadastral map it is unclear who the owners of the area of land are.

71.Subsection (2) gives a power to the Keeper to make up a shared plot title sheet. There is no duty to do so.

72.Subsection (3) provides for the relationship between a “shared plot” and a “sharing plot”.

73.Subsection (5) makes special provision that, unless the deed provides otherwise, a deed affecting a sharing plot will similarly affect the relevant share in the shared plot. Subsection (4) makes this reference apply to all other documents (the most important of which is missives).

Section 18: Shared plot and sharing plot title sheets

74.Subsections (1) to (3) set out what is to be included and what is not to be included in a shared plot title sheet and a sharing plot title sheet. Subsection (1) in particular shows the biggest difference between a shared and sharing plot title sheet and an ordinary title sheet. It provides that the sharing plot title sheet will include the title number of the shared plot title sheet in the property section and that the title number of the sharing plot title sheet will appear in the proprietorship section of the shared plot title sheet. This means that where a sharing plot is sold, no change is required to the shared plot title sheet. This is because the sale of the sharing plot will result in a change to the property section of that title sheet but its title number will remain the same.

Section 19: Conversion of shared plot title sheet to ordinary title sheet

75.This section provides that a shared plot title sheet can be converted into an ordinary title sheet. This might happen if one of the sharing plot owners buys up the other owners’ interests in the shared plot.

Section 20: Shared plot title sheets in relation to registered leases

76.This section introduces schedule 1 to the Act, which makes equivalent provision for shared lease area title sheets. These title sheets correspond to shared plot title sheets but relate to shared lease interests rather than shared ownership interests.

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