Part 2Crofts

15Transfer of tenancy of croft by executor: amendment of section 16 of the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964

(1)Section 16 of the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964 (powers of executor to assign lease which prohibits assignation) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (2), for the words from “notwithstanding” to the end, there is substituted “subject to subsection (2A) of this section, to transfer the interest.”.

(3)After that subsection, there is inserted—

(2A)Transfer by an executor pursuant to subsection (2) of this section—

(a)of an interest under an agricultural lease which is a lease of a croft within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 (c. 44) shall require the consent of the Crofters Commission; and

(b)of an interest under any other lease (including any agricultural lease which does not fall within paragraph (a) of this subsection) and which is not a transfer to one of the persons entitled to succeed to the deceased’s intestate estate or to claim legal rights or the prior rights of a surviving spouse or civil partner out of the estate, in satisfaction of that person’s entitlement or claim, shall require the consent of the landlord..

(4)In subsection (9), in the definition of “agricultural lease”, for the words “Act of 1955” there is substituted “Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 (or of any part of a croft if it is a part consisting of a right mentioned in section 3(4)(a) of that Act)”.