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Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 107 – Bequest of 1991 Act tenancies

618.Section 11 of the 1991 Act sets out the procedure for bequest of 1991 Act tenancies, including entitlement and procedure for the landlord to object to the bequest. Under the current legislation, the tenant can bequeath the tenancy to any of the persons who would be entitled to succeed to their estate on intestacy by virtue of the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964 and to the tenant’s son or daughter-in-law. Section 107 amends section 11 by inserting a new subsection (1A), which expands the class of persons who are entitled to be the beneficiary of a bequest.

619.Section 107 sets out the persons to whom the tenant, under the new subsection (1A), can bequeath the tenancy. Those that are already entitled to be the beneficiary under the Succession Act as mentioned above still remain so, as do the tenant’s son and daughter-in-law. However, this right has been extended to a number of additional people as set out in subsection (1A)(c) to (n).

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