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Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 95 – Repairing tenancies: fixed equipment

460.Section 95 inserts new section 16B into the 2003 Act and makes provision for fixed equipment obligations under the lease. The dividing line provided by the duration of the repairing period is significant in determining parties’ obligations.

461.Subsection (1) of section 16B of the 2003 Act provides that the parties must agree a schedule of fixed equipment which the landlord will provide to enable the tenant to maintain efficient production when the repairing period ends.

462.Subsections (2) and (3) of section 16B state that the schedule must be agreed within 90 days of the tenancy commencing but it may be varied during the life of the lease.

463.Subsection (4) of section 16B provides that the cost of preparing the schedule falls in equal shares on the parties, unless otherwise agreed.

464.Subsection (5) of section 16B states that the tenant must, during the repairing period, provide such fixed equipment as will allow the tenant to maintain efficient production when the repairing period ends; and that the tenant must maintain, renew or replace any such fixed equipment, or that provided by the landlord under subsection (1)(a). But these are default obligations, and the parties may agree otherwise.

465.Subsection (6) of section 16B provides that after the repairing period ends, the landlord must renew and replace the fixed equipment in the schedule of condition where necessary due to fair wear and tear. It also places an obligation on the tenant to maintain fixed equipment after the repairing period ends, but only to the same state of repair as it was in when the repairing period ended (or, if it was improved, provided, renewed or replaced after that point, at the point it was so improved etc). Again, these are default obligations, and the parties may agree otherwise.

466.Subsections (8) and (9) of section 16B prevent any agreement between the landlord and tenant that provides that the tenant is to bear any expense of work that the landlord is required to execute to fulfil their own obligations under the lease, or which provides that the tenant is required to pay whole or part of any fire insurance premium for fixed equipment.

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