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Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003

Section 36: Valuation etc.: further provision

111.This section sets out additional requirements regarding the valuation process.

112.Subsection (1) requires the valuer to invite and to have regard to any written representations on specified matters from the seller, tenant and, where the land forms part of an estate, any other person whom the valuer considers to have an interest in the estate. The specified matters are the valuation of the land and, where the land forms part of an estate, any valuation of the estate, and any apportionment of a reduction in the value of the estate to be made by the valuer under section 34(5) (see subsection (2)). Subsection (3) allows the valuer to enter onto land and to make any reasonable request of the seller and tenant for the purposes of assessing the value of the land.

113.Subsection (4) requires the valuer, within 6 weeks of being appointed, to send to the tenant and the landowner written notification of the price payable by the tenant for the land under section 34(8) and setting out how the price payable was calculated.

114.Subsections (5) and (6) concern liability to the valuer for the valuer’s expenses in carrying out a valuation of the land under section 34. In all cases, responsibility for meeting the valuer’s expenses falls to the tenant or, where the land forms part of an estate in respect of which more than one tenant has given notice of an intention to buy, those tenants, equally among them. If, however, the seller has sought and the Land Court has made an order against the tenant under section 32(7), the tenant has complied with that order and the seller does not proceed with the sale of the land to the tenant, then the seller is liable to the tenant for the valuer’s expenses.

115.Subsection (7) enables the Scottish Ministers to make further provision in respect of this section and sections 33 (appointment of valuer) and 34 (valuation of land) of the 2003 Act by regulations.

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