A stage 2 amendment to the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee today which specifies that the Tenant Farming Commissioner may bring forward a code of conduct for the agents of landlords and tenants of agricultural holdings.
The amendment was proposed by the Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead. The Cabinet Secretary made it clear that the intention will be for the code to apply not only to professional land agents but all persons acting as agents for landlords and tenants, including, for example, surveyors and solicitors.
The code will not have legal status but the Tenant Farming Commissioner will have the power to inquire into alleged breaches.
Further amendments were also passed which makes it clear that other codes of practice to be prepared by the Tenant Farming Commissioner, for example relating to rent reviews, the process of assignation and succession and determining compensation at waygo, will apply to the agents of landlords and tenants, as well as landlords and tenants themselves.