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Improving transparency in land ownership in Scotland: a consultation on controlling interests in land

Last updated: 4 Oct 2016

Consulting body:
Scottish Government
Status:
Closed
Period of consultation:
Runs from 1 September 2016 to 5 December 2016
CML action:
Response submitted

The Scottish Government has published its consultation: ‘Improving transparency in land ownership in Scotland: a consultation on controlling interests in land’.

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 provides for the disclosure and publication of information about controlling interests in land owners and tenants across Scotland.  

The consultation will help to shape the regulations which assist communities, tenants and land owners to know and understand more about the people who control land owners and tenants of land in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has identified a number of issues that are being considered and need to be resolved in developing the regulations to deliver a register of controlling interests, similar to the Persons of Significant Control (PSC) register introduced in the UK earlier this year.

CML response

We welcome the Scottish Government’s intention to bring greater transparency of land ownership in Scotland to improve accountability of land owners and tenants, but if inadequately addressed, the proposals could disproportionately burden current and future property owners in Scotland.

We require more information in order to understand how the proposals may impact the conveyancing process.

The full CML response can be downloaded below.