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Community Right to Buy

The community right to buy in Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”) as of today (Friday 15th) now applies across the whole of Scotland with the relevant provisions of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015(“the 2015 Act”) coming into force, bringing urban land into its ambit.

The community right to buy in Part 2 of the 2003 Act has been amended by Part 4 of the 2015 Act.  There is now new guidance which  applies to all new applications to register an interest in land received by Scottish Ministers on or after 15 April 2016.  This can be found here...

Applications made under the 2003 Act before 15 April 2016 must use the legislative provisions set out in Part 2 of the 2003 Act as they were prior to amendment by Part 4 of the 2015 Act.

Once a community body which holds a registered interest in the land, confirms that it wishes to proceed with its "Right to Buy", it has eight months (six months if registered before 15 April 2016) to conclude the transfer of land or longer if agreed with the landowner.

 

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