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Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 90 – Conversion of 1991 Act tenancies into modern limited duration tenancies

435.Section 90 of the Act amends the 2003 Act by inserting section 2A to allow the conversion of a 1991 Act tenancy into a modern limited duration tenancy. The provision in section 2 of the 2003 Act allowing for conversion from a 1991 Act tenancy to a limited duration tenancy is repealed as no new LDTs will be created (due to the repeal of section 5 of the 2003 Act by section 85(2) of the Act).

436.Subsections (1) and (2) of new section 2A of the 2003 Act state that the tenant and the landlord may agree in writing that the 1991 Act tenancy is to be terminated on a fixed date provided that an MLDT lease of at least 25 years’ duration is entered into that comprises the same land under the 1991 Act tenancy and that the MLDT has effect from the date on which the 1991 Act tenancy terminates under the agreement.

437.Subsection (3) provides that the landlord or tenant is entitled to revoke the agreed termination of the 1991 Act tenancy and the planned MLDT lease at any time before the date fixed for termination.

438.Subsection (4) of new section 2A states that on termination of the 1991 Act tenancy, the tenant is entitled to any compensation due for improvements under Part 4 and section 45A of the 1991 Act.

439.Subsection (5) disapplies section 21 of the 1991 Act in relation to 1991 Act tenancies terminated under subsection (1) of this section.

440.Subsection (6) of new section 2A ensures that an MLDT converted from a 1991 Act tenancy may not provide for a break clause.

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