The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee has launched a call for views on the Scottish Government’s plans to amend legislation relating to succession and rent review.
The legislation aims to create a better environment for the letting of farmland to the tenant farming sector and encourage new entrants into tenant farming. Specifically, the Bill proposes three changes to the current law on agricultural holdings:
- it extends the categories of relative who may succeed to a secure agricultural tenancy to include grandchildren
- it prevents certain restrictions for rent reviews in limited duration tenancies
- it clarifies that any variation of rent as a consequence of the exemption, addition or variance of VAT, would not prevent referral to the Scottish Land Court to determine the rent.