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Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

Section 50: Power to activate Right to Buy land where breach of this Part

178.This section allows a community body to apply to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland (“the Lands Tribunal”) to determine that a prohibition on transfer, or actions to transfer, registered land has, within ten years of the date of the application, been breached and that the applicant has, since the transfer or action, had a registered interest in the land in relation to which the breach occurred.

179.The Lands Tribunal must notify any such determination to Ministers, who must then give notice of the determination to every community body with a registered interest in the land to which the determination relates which had, or has applied for, such a registered interest at the time of the transfer or action. The effect of such a notice is to activate the community body’s right to buy the land under Part 2.

180.Subsection (2) sets out the conditions which must apply before the right to buy may be conferred under this section. These conditions require that the transfer in breach occurred in the previous 10 years, that the land has remained registrable during that time, that the original interest which existed at the time of the breach is still registered, or a new interest has been registered in that land, and further that the community body with the registered interest (or which has at that time made an application to register its interest) at the time of the breach had not been subsequently offered and declined to exercise its right to buy.

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