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Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012

The Land Register of Scotland

Section 1: The Land Register of Scotland

24.The section sets out the underlying legal basis for the Land Register in Scotland. Subsection (1) makes it plain that the register is a public register of rights in land. The equivalent 1979 Act provided for the Land Register to be a register of interests in land. This is not a substantive change, merely a change of emphasis.

25.Subsection (4) gives the Keeper of the Registers authority and flexibility as to the form of the Land Register. In particular, it allows the Land Register to be in electronic form.

26.Subsection (5) makes it clear that it is the Keeper’s responsibility to ensure that the Land Register is sufficiently protected, due to the significant implications that would result from problems with it.

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