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Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012

Section 28: Conversion to conservation burden: rule two

132.This section allows a person with the right to enforce a qualifying condition which promotes conservation to convert that condition into a conservation burden in favour of a conservation body or the Scottish Ministers. The entitled person is usually the landlord (of the qualifying lease or a superior lease) but in some circumstances is a neighbour. “Conservation burden” is defined in section 38(1) of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003. “Conservation body” is defined in section 122(1) of the 2003 Act and refers to any body prescribed by an order made by the Scottish Ministers under section 38(4) of the 2003 Act.

133.Subsection (1) provides for the execution and registration of a notice. This must be done by the person with the right to enforce the qualifying condition. All pro indiviso landlords, for example, have to be parties to the notice.

134.Subsection (2) requires the consent of the nominee to be obtained before a copy of the notice is sent to the tenant under the qualifying lease under section 75(2) or in other cases before the notice is executed. The nominee is required to sign the notice by way of indicating consent.

135.Subsection (3) sets out the content of the notice. Further provision as to counter-obligations is made in section 34.

136.Subsection (4) provides for registration of the notice against the burdened property. Registration can be against either the title of the owner or the title of the tenant.

137.Subsection (5) converts the qualifying condition on the appointed day into a conservation burden for the benefit of the public in favour of the nominated conservation body or the Scottish Ministers provided that the requirements of the section have been complied with and that immediately before the appointed day the qualifying condition is still enforceable by the person with the right to enforce or that person’s successor.

138.The section is subject to section 36, which makes further provision in relation to notices, and section 75, which deals with pre-registration requirements for notices. The adjustment to section 36(3)(b) makes clear that a discharge of a section 28 notice also requires the consent of the nominated person.

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