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  • specified provision(s) amendment to earlier commencing S.S.I. 2017/299, regs. 5-14, by S.S.I. 2017/370 reg. 3 4

57Ballot to indicate approval for purposes of section 56S

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(1)The community, as defined in section 49 in relation to a Part 5 community body, are to be taken for the purposes of section 56(3)(h) and (7)(h) as having approved a proposal to exercise the right to buy if—

(a)a ballot of the members of the community so defined has, during the period of 6 months which immediately preceded the date on which the application was made, been conducted by the Part 5 community body on the question whether the Part 5 community body or, as the case may be, the third party purchaser should buy the land or, as the case may be, the tenant's interest,

(b)in the ballot—

(i)at least half of the members of the community so defined have voted, or

(ii)fewer than half of the members of the community so defined have voted but the proportion which voted is sufficient to justify the Part 5 community body's proceeding to buy the land or tenant's interest, and

(c)the majority of those voting have voted in favour of the proposition that the Part 5 community body buy the land or tenant's interest.

(2)The ballot is to be conducted as the Scottish Ministers may by regulations specify.

(3)Regulations under subsection (2) must in particular include provision for—

(a)the ascertainment and publication of—

(i)the number of persons eligible to vote in the ballot,

(ii)the number who did vote,

(iii)the numbers of valid votes respectively cast for and against the proposition mentioned in subsection (1)(c), and

(b)the form and manner in which the result of the ballot is to be published.

(4)If the ballot is not conducted as specified by regulations under subsection (2), the right to buy is, so far as proceeding on that application, extinguished.

(5)The Part 5 community body which conducts a ballot must, within 21 days of the ballot (or, if its application under section 54 is given before the expiry of that period, together with the application), and in the form of return specified by the regulations, notify the Scottish Ministers of—

(a)the result,

(b)the number of persons eligible to vote,

(c)the number of persons who voted, and

(d)the number of persons who voted in favour of the proposition mentioned in subsection (1)(c).

(6)The Scottish Ministers may require the Part 5 community body—

(a)to provide such information relating to the ballot as they think fit, and

(b)to provide such information relating to any consultation with those eligible to vote in the ballot undertaken during the period in which the ballot was carried out as Ministers think fit.

(7)Subject to subsection (8), the expense of conducting a ballot under this section is to be met by the Part 5 community body.

(8)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations make provision enabling a Part 5 community body, in such circumstances as may be specified in the regulations, to apply to them to seek reimbursement of the expense of conducting a ballot under this section.

(9)Regulations under subsection (8) may in particular make provision in relation to—

(a)the circumstances in which a Part 5 community body may make an application by virtue of that subsection,

(b)the method to be applied by the Scottish Ministers in calculating the expense of conducting the ballot,

(c)the criteria to be applied by the Scottish Ministers in deciding whether to make a reimbursement to the applicant,

(d)the procedure to be followed in connection with the making of—

(i)an application to Ministers,

(ii)an appeal against a decision made by Ministers in respect of an application,

(e)persons who may consider such an appeal,

(f)the powers of such persons.

Commencement Information

I1S. 57 in force at 26.4.2020 by S.S.I. 2020/20, reg. 2, sch.

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