Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003

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Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003
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Long title An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make further provision as respects real burdens, servitudes and certain other obligations affecting land; to amend the law relating to the ranking of standard securities; and for connected purposes.
Citation 2003 asp 9
Territorial extent Scotland
Royal assent 3 April 2003
Commencement 28 November 2004
Other legislation
Relates to Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 is an Act of the Scottish Parliament. It came into force on 28 November 2004, and is one element of a three part land reform abolishing feudal tenure and modernising Scottish property law, the other two elements being the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 and Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004 which came into effect on the same date. [1]


The legislation primarily relates to real burdens, a key aspect of property law in Scotland, and defines them in section 1 of the Act as "an encumbrance on land constituted in favour of the owner of other land in that person’s capacity as owner of that other land". [2] Section 2 of the Act specifies that a real burden must involve an obligation either to do something, or to refrain from doing something, relating to the property in question. The act provides a legal basis for real burdens in light of the abolition of feudal tenure.

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  1. Elliot, Alison; Watt, John; Ian, Cooke; Taylor, Pip (2014). "The Land of Scotland and the Common Good: Report of the Land Reform Review Group" (PDF). The Scottish Government. p. 142. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  2. "Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003" (PDF). p. 1. Retrieved 4 March 2017.