Scottish Land & Estates has today repeated its call for cross-industry dialogue on issues facing the farming industry following the STFA’s latest statement on rent reviews.
David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: "We understand the concern of tenants in this area, particularly those who may be involved in cases pending in the Scottish Land Court. As I said at the Royal Highland show, I would appeal to all parties who have cases pending in the Land Court to do everything in their power to resolve them and avoid adjudication by the court.
“We also want landlords and tenants to agree fair and sustainable rents. It is not in the industry's interest for any rent increase demand to be inappropriate. It is not in the power of trade associations to dictate to members involved in perfectly legitimate commercial discussions. However, we do believe that all rent reviews should be carried out in a fair, professional, courteous and respectful manner and that applies to all involved - landowners, their representatives and tenants. We have already said it would be helpful for us, STFA and NFUS to get round the table to see what we can achieve together on the issues facing the industry."