Final Report on Agricultural Holdings Review Published

27 January 2015

The final report of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group, set up by the Scottish Government, was published today and contains a raft of recommendations that may, if implemented, have a significant impact on both tenants and landlords.

Review of Agricultural Holdings Legislation Final Report

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment outlined this afternoon the future policy proposals for tenant farming in Scotland. 

Recommendations for the Scottish Government include:

  • Enabling 1991 Act tenants to apply to the Scottish Land Court to force the sale of the holding where landlords do not meet their obligations
  • Measures to widen succession rights for 1991 Act tenants
  • Creating a Tenant Farming Commissioner
  • Changing how rents are set
  • Creating the potential for apprenticeship opportunities for new entrants
  • Providing long term and flexible letting vehicles to encourage the release of more land into tenancies.

The full report can be read here.

Iain Russell, chairman of CKD Galbraith, said:

“Tenancies have been a complex matter for the farming industry in Scotland for a number of years. The report and its 49 recommendations will now be studied in detail by the Scottish Government. We await commitment on what will be implemented and further definition on a number of the recommendations. CKD Galbraith will keep clients closely informed of any government response to the report’s recommendations which may have implications on their interests.”

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