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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Completion of transfer

260.The new section 97R of the 2003 Act sets out the process for completing the transfer.

261.Subsection (1) provides that the consideration payable for the land in respect of which the Part 3A community right to buy is exercised shall be the value of that land as assessed under section 97S by the valuer appointed by Ministers.

262.Subsection (2) provides that, subject to subsections (3) and (4), the consideration should be paid not later than 6 months after the date on which Ministers consented to the right to buy application.

263.Subsection (3) specifies circumstances where either this payment deadline will not apply or where an alternative deadline will apply. In particular, it allows the landowner and the Part 3A community body to agree an alternative payment date and provides for deferral of payment when the valuation has not been completed or has been subject to an appeal.

264.Subsection (4) specifies that where the owner is unable to grant a good and marketable title to the Part 3A community body by the date of payment, then payment shall be made to and held by the Lands Tribunal pending either completion of the conveyance or notification to the Lands Tribunal by the Part 3A community body that it has decided not to complete the transaction.

265.Subsection (5) specifies that if the consideration is not paid by the Part 3A community body by the due date, the right to buy application will be deemed to have been withdrawn by the Part 3A community body (this subsection does not apply where subsection (4) applies).

266.Subsection (6) provides that when the Part 3A community body records or registers its title, the land acquired is disburdened of any heritable security.

267.Subsection (7) provides that a security that related to the land acquired through the Part 3A community right to buy and to other land continues to apply to that other land.

268.Subsection (8) provides that where land is disburdened of a heritable security on purchase, unless the creditors otherwise agree, the Part 3A community body must pay the creditors under that heritable security whatever sums are due to them.

269.Subsection (9) provides that the Part 3A community body must deduct any sums paid to a heritable creditor under the provisions of subsection (8) from the amount that the body is due to pay the owner for the land. In effect, the landowner will receive a sum for the land which will take account of the sum required to clear any securities.

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