COVID-19 LEGAL UPDATES: Stay informed with our latest advice and support for your business.

Home > News & Insights > The Hidden Costs of Securities.

The Hidden Costs of Securities.

Date: 25/02/2016 | Commercial Property, Energy & Natural Resources, Blogs

Land reform takes many guises. Some elements appear as a battleground of high principle involving righting the wrongs of days gone by. Others are presented as mere technical changes which are of little interest to those other than the conveyancing profession.

An example of the latter is the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012. It deals with various issues affecting the system of land registration in Scotland. However, "technical" as they may be the changes are substantial and far reaching.

One such change is that, from 1st April 2016, the old deed-based Register of Sasines will be closed to new deeds. This is already the case for dispositions, long leases and assignations of long leases. However, it now extends to standard securities - mortgages to give them their more familiar name.

From 1st April 2016 every standard security must be registered in the new plan-based Land Register. The consequence of this is that the granting of a standard security (mortgage) over land still registered in the Sasine Register will automatically trigger registration of the underlying ownership in the Land Register. 

For some this won't be much of an issue. For others it will involve a substantial and costly exercise. 

The impact will be keenly felt for farmers, estates and landowners whose titles are historic or imprecise. Often such titles are general - "the lands and estates of Shooglenifty" - and lack the necessary level of detail to translate onto the current ordnance survey map.  Bridging that gap is not a simple exercise. It may involve preparation of new title plans, the resolution of title issues which were previously glossed over, review of adjacent titles and possible boundary conflicts with neighbours. 

If you have a title which is held on the Sasine Register and are looking to borrow on a secured basis, you would be well advised to consult your lawyers to understand what, in "technical" conveyancing terms, may be involved, before signing a facility letter with your funder. You may get an - unwelcome - surprise.

As always, comments, compliments or criticisms are welcome on email, twitter (@renewableexpert) or linked-in.

Disclaimer 
The matter in this publication is based on our current understanding of the law.  The information provides only an overview of the law in force at the date hereof and has been produced for general information purposes only. Professional advice should always be sought before taking any action in reliance of the information. Accordingly, Davidson Chalmers LLP does not take any responsibility for losses incurred by any person through acting or failing to act on the basis of anything contained in this publication.


Written by

Latest Updates

Want to get even more insight from Davidson Chalmers Stewart?

Keep your organisation up to date with the latest opportunities and changes in commercial law with regular insight and updates from the experts at Davidson Chalmers Stewart.
 

Let's Talk

A typical law firm? Not really. But a partner for the people and businesses we work with? Absolutely.

Our determination to do things a better way is nothing without our clients. So if you like what you see and think we’d make a good team, let’s talk. Pick up the phone and call us direct or make specific enquiries to our individual email addresses across the website. Alternatively use the form to submit general questions and comments.

Either way, we’ll get the message.

Edinburgh

t0131 625 9191

Glasgow

t0141 428 3258

Galashiels

t01896 550991