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Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003

Section 32: Procedure for buying

98.Subsection (1) provides that it is for the tenant to make the offer to buy in exercise of the tenant’s right to buy under section 28

99.Subsection (2) provides that the offer to buy is to be at a price agreed between the tenant and the person from whom the land is being bought, or where there is no agreement, the value assessed under section 34(8) or determined by the Lands Tribunal on appeal against the valuation carried out under section 34. The offer must specify the date of entry and of payment of the price.

100.Subsection (3) makes provision as to how the date of entry and of payment are to be determined. A time limit of 6 months from the date when the tenant gave notice under section 29(2) or (4) of the tenant’s intention to buy is set for the date of entry and of payment of the price, unless some later date is agreed between the parties. Where the price payable is subject to an appeal which has not, within 4 months after the date when the tenant gave notice of intention to buy, been determined or abandoned the date of entry and payment is to be not later than 2 months after the determination or abandonment of the appeal, unless some later date is agreed between the parties. Under subsection (4), the offer may include other reasonable conditions. Where the tenant has not, within the period fixed or agreed under subsection (3), either concluded missives, or taken all reasonable steps towards concluding missives, for the sale of the land to the tenant then the seller may, under subsection (5), apply to the Land Court for an order directing the tenant either to conclude missives within a period specified in the order or to take such remedial action as is specified in the order for the purpose of concluding missives, or to direct the tenant and seller to incorporate into the missives any term or condition as is specified in the order in respect of the sale of the land. If the tenant fails to comply with such an order from the Land Court or, where the seller has not sought such an order, if the tenant otherwise has not concluded missives for the sale of the land to the tenant within a reasonable period from acquiring the right to buy, the right to buy is extinguished (see subsection (8)).

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