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Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012

Section 26: Conversion to climate change burden

118.This section allows a public body (defined in subsection (5)) or trust or the Scottish Ministers with the right to enforce a qualifying condition which was imposed for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (defined in subsection (5)) to convert that condition into a climate change burden in their favour. Climate change burdens were introduced by the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. Section 68 of the 2009 Act inserted section 46A into the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003.

119.Subsection (2) sets out the content of the notice. Further provision as to counter-obligations (paragraph (f)) is made in section 34.

120.Subsection (3) provides for registration of the notice against the burdened property. Registration can be against either the title of the owner or the title of the tenant.

121.Subsection (4) converts the qualifying condition on the appointed day into a climate change burden in favour of the public body, trust or the Scottish Ministers provided that the requirements of the section have been complied with and that immediately before the appointed day the qualifying condition is still enforceable.

122.Subsection (5) lays down various definitions. The definitions of “emissions” and “greenhouse gas” are taken from the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The definition of “public body” is taken from an order made by the Scottish Ministers under section 38(4) of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003.

123.The section is subject to section 36, which makes further provision in relation to notices, and section 75, which deals with pre-registration requirements for notices.

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