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Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 106 – Assignation of repairing tenancies

610.Section 106 makes provision for the assignation of repairing tenancies by inserting a new section 7D into the 2003 Act.

611.Subsections (1) to (6) of new section 7D make provision about assignation of a repairing tenancy during the repairing period, as defined in new subsection 5C of the 2003 Act. Under subsection (1) the tenant may assign the tenancy if the landlord provides consent after receiving notice from the tenant in accordance with subsection (2).

612.Subsection (2) provides that the tenant must provide the landlord with written notice of intention to assign a repairing tenancy. The notice must contain details of the proposed assignee, the terms of the proposed assignation and the date from which it is to take effect.

613.Subsection (3) provides that the landlord can withhold consent to the proposed assignee during the repairing period if there are reasonable grounds for doing so. In particular, the landlord may withhold consent if they are not satisfied that the proposed assignee would have the ability to pay the rent. They can also withhold consent if they are not satisfied that the proposed assignee would have the financial resources or skills or experience necessary to bring the land up to a standard where it could be farmed in accordance with the rules of good husbandry after the repairing period.

614.Subsection (4) provides that this last ground of objection (on skills or experience required) does not apply where the proposed assignee is engaged or intending to enrol, within a specified period, in a course of relevant agricultural training that must be completed within four years. The proposed assignee must also have made arrangements for the holding to be farmed efficiently while the course is completed.

615.Subsection (5) requires the landlord to give written notice to the tenant indicating withholding of consent within 30 days of receiving the tenant’s notice of intention to assign. If no such notice is provided by the landlord, it is taken that consent has been given.

616.Subsection (6) defines “good husbandry” by reference to schedule 6 of the Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948.

617.At the end of the repairing period, subsection (7) provides that the provisions contained in new section 7B of the 2003 Act, pertaining to the assignation of an MLDT, apply to the assignation of a repairing tenancy.

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