FAQs

One of the registered owners of a land title has died. How can their name be removed from the title?

Transferring title such as after the death of a spouse or owner on title requires the expertise of a legal professional. See...

Why are local governments exempt from fees for land title register searches conducted for taxation and assessment purposes?

Section 381 of the Land Title Act establishes an exemption from payment of the statutory fees incurred by taxing authorities for searches...

How can I find the Parcel Identifier (PID) for a property?

You can search for a PID using ParcelMap BC, the LTSA's online map of active...

What is a Parcel Identifier (PID)?

A Parcel Identifier or PID is a nine-digit number that uniquely identifies a parcel in the land title register of in BC. The Registrar of Land...

Scott Smythe is a partner in the Real Property and Planning Group in the Vancouver office of McCarthy Tetrault. His practice is focused on commercial real estate and related corporate matters, with a particular emphasis on acquisitions and dispositions, strata and commercial development and commercial leasing.

Scott is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada and Chambers Canada in the area of real estate law. He also appears in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the areas of  property leasing and property development and was identified as a leading infrastructure lawyer in Lexpert’s 2016 Special Edition on Infrastructure. He also presents regularly at real estate industry seminars and conferences.

Scott received a BA (Honours) in 1990 and his LLB from the University of British Columbia in 1995. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 1997 after clerking for the British Columbia Court of Appeal. He is a past Chair of the Real Property Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.