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Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 – Update

Whilst both local and national politicians jostle for position behind the scenes, work of bringing forward secondary regulation in order to implement the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) 2016 continue, but perhaps not at the speed which many hoped for.

To date, the main issues affecting the agricultural sector have been the establishment of the land commission and appointment of a tenant farming commissioner together with the implementation of an expanded range of eligible assignees and successors to traditional 1991 Act tenancies. Questionnaires have been sent out in respect of the rating of deer forests and shooting rights but no rateable values announced as yet. Read More

Land Registration

Most readers will by now be aware of the changes to the system of land registration introduced by the Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012.  The proposed move from the old Sasine Register, a descriptive based register, to the Land Register by 2024 for all private land, offers opportunities for landowners to be either proactive or reactive to the impending changes. The options are either voluntary registration or to wait for Keeper-induced Registration or an event that triggers first registration, such as sale such as the transfer of a property either as a result of a sale, death or gift or the granting of a lease to a third party. Read More