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Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2012

2012 asp 6

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 7th June 2012 and received Royal Assent on 12th July 2012

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the law governing succession to agricultural tenancies and the review or variation of rent under such tenancies.

SuccessionS

F11Succession by near relativesS

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Review of rent etc.S

2Prohibition of upward only rent reviews etc.S

In section 9 of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 11), before subsection (1) insert—

(A1)Where, by virtue of any provision, a review of rent due as payable under a lease constituting a limited duration tenancy—

(a)may be initiated only by the landlord; or

(b)may only determine that the rent is to be increased,

the provision concerned is void and the rent due as payable under the lease is instead to be reviewed and determined in accordance with this section..

3Effect of VAT changes on determination of rentS

In section 13(9) of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 1991, after paragraph (c) insert—

(d)a variation of rent arising from—

(i)the exercise or revocation of an option to tax under Schedule 10 to the Value Added Tax Act 1994 (c.23); or

(ii)a change in the rate of value added tax applicable to grants of interests in or rights over land in respect of which such an option has effect..

GeneralS

4Transitional provisionsS

(1)The amendment made by section 1 has effect in respect of a notice to quit given in accordance with section 25(2) of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 1991 only if the landlord of the tenancy in question is given notice of the tenant's acquisition of the right to the lease of the agricultural holding (under section 11(2) or 12(1) of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 1991) on or after the day on which section 1 comes into force.

(2)The amendment made by section 2 has effect only in respect of a provision for review of rent made on or after that section comes into force.

(3)The amendment made by section 3 has effect in relation to a variation of rent arising from the exercise or revocation of an option, or a change in rate of value added tax, that takes effect before that section comes into force.

5CommencementS

(1)This section and section 6 come into force on the day after Royal Assent.

(2)The other provisions of this Act come into force at the end of the period of 2 months beginning with the day of Royal Assent.

6Short titleS

The short title of this Act is the Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2012.