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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Land leased to a relevant authority

347.Section 92 applies where all the criteria set out in paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (1) are met. It deals with the situation where an asset transfer request is made to lease or otherwise occupy land (including a building) which is leased to a relevant authority by another relevant authority, or by a company wholly owned by another relevant authority. Subsections (2) and (3) mean that any conditions in that lease which restrict the relevant authority’s ability to sublet or share occupancy of the land, or restrict how the land may be used, do not prevent the relevant authority agreeing to lease the land to the community transfer body or to allow the body to occupy the land.

348.This does not apply if any other person is entitled to occupy the land (subsection (1)(d)). Subsections (4) and (5) also provide that it does not affect any restrictions on the power of the relevant authority to assign or transfer rights and liabilities under the lease, and the relevant authority continues to be subject to any obligations under the lease, even if it leases the land to the community transfer body or allows the body to occupy it. For example, the relevant authority would still be responsible to the landlord for any maintenance requirements set out in the lease between them.

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