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High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013


Section 34 - Interpretation

71.Section 34 defines terms that are used frequently in the Act. In particular, “domestic property” means any part of a building occupied or intended to be occupied as a separate dwelling, including a yard, garage or outbuilding belonging to or usually enjoyed with the building, and located in Scotland.

72.“Owner” means a person who has right to the property whether or not that person has completed title. This is someone who is entitled to take entry under a conveyance of the property. It will not be necessary for the person to have completed title by registering it in the property registers before a person is considered an owner. If more than one person comes within the description of an owner then the “owner” is the person who has most recently acquired that right to take entry under a conveyance.

73.“Neighbouring land” means the land on which the hedge is situated. There is no restriction on where the hedge is situated. The hedge does not have to be next door to the domestic property affected by the hedge. In addition, the hedge could be growing on commercial property or on parkland.

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