The Scottish Government’s Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming has issued a new self help guide ahead of spring 2016 rent reviews on tenanted farms across Scotland.
The guide has been shaped by advice from a number of industry stakeholders.
It aims to provide both landlords and tenants with a summary of what they need to know, regardless of whether they intend to conduct their own rent review or pay someone to do it for them.
It goes through the main steps that should be followed during the rent review process itself, and it looks briefly at changes proposed in the Land Reform Bill.
It emphasises good practice including the Joint Industry Guidance issued in 2015, and lists the main sources of help that are available.
Explaining his decision to issue the guide Andrew Thin said “The setting of a fair rent is central to ensuring a constructive partnership between landlord and tenant. Few other aspects of the relationship are as important”.
“Most landlords and tenants understand this very well, but occasionally things can go wrong and disagreements ensue. As a consequence rent reviews can sometimes be daunting experiences for both parties”.
“The aim of the guide is to help demystify the process and provide landlords and tenants with the basic information that they will need to manage a rent review successfully”.
“Specialist skills are not essential other than an ability to analyse information, think logically and write clearly. Help with specific elements of the process can always be bought in if required”.
“The guide should enable landlords and tenants to approach rent reviews with confidence, ensure due process, and secure a fair outcome for both parties”.
Copies of the guide are available from the Scottish’s Government Independent Adviser at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/farmingrural/Agriculture/agricultural-holdings/Tenant-Farming-Adviser or by contacting the NFUS, SLE or STFA.