Policy & Lobbying
Agricultural Holdings

Scottish Land & Estates sits on the Tenant Farming Forum (TFF), which was set up within the agricultural industry and has as its primary purpose “to help to promote a healthy farm tenanted sector in Scotland”. As such, Scottish Land & Estates is fully engaged with all industry discussions which concern agricultural landlord and tenant issues and the complex legislation.


Scottish Land & Estates has nominated Andrew Howard, Stuart Young, Robert Balfour and Richard Blake (Legal Adviser) as its representatives on TFF and they are supported by a specialist sub-group of agricultural law experts which advises, where required, on technical legal issues.

Recent work includes detailed scrutiny of the proposals, which followed recommendations from TFF to the Scottish Government, to amend the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Acts 1991 and 2003. The TFF has published a note on suggested best practice for rent reviews as well as other useful publications.

Scottish Land & Estates is committed to working with others to ensure that the tenant farming sector thrives and works for both tenant and landlord. Scottish Land & Estates welcomes the Scottish Government’s Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review and has sought to engage as constructively as possible in the process.

You can view Scottish Land & Estates Response:Review of Agricultural Holdings Legislation here...

 

    Agricultural Holdings News

    • 21/12/2016 - Agricultural Holdings
      The first tranche of provisions under Part 10 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 are in force this month, including the widened categories of persons eligible for assignation and succession under 1991 Act tenancies which apply from 23rd December 2016.  Please see our briefing note for further details about
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    • 24/11/2016 - Agricultural Minimum Wage Views Sought
      The Scottish Government is seeking views on the proposals for the revised agricultural minimum wage and associated elements such as overtime, dog allowance and holidays. http://news.gov.scot/news/agricultural-minimum-wage-1
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    • 15/11/2016 - Industry bodies launch guidance on selling a company owning tenanted land subject to a pre-emptive right to buy
      Industry bodies representing agricultural landlords and tenants from across Scotland have today launched new guidance to help in situations where a company is to be sold that owns tenanted land subject to a pre-emptive right to buy (PRTB). The move follows the issuing of other joint guidance by th
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    • 01/11/2016 - Industry bodies launch guidance on late payment of rent
        Industry bodies representing agricultural landlords and tenants from across Scotland have today launched new guidance to help landlords deal with situations where tenants fall behind with their rent.  
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    • 31/10/2016 - Review of legislation governing small landholdings & consultation on small landholdings.
      The Scottish Government has asked us to circulate the following correspondence as part of its work to review the legislation on small landholdings, and also to help them to identify where these small landholdings are. Supporting information provided by the Government can be found below.
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    • 17/08/2016 - Industry Bodies Launch Guidance on Exercise of Shooting Rights on Tenanted Farms
        Industry bodies representing agricultural landlords and tenants from across Scotland have today launched new guidance aimed at minimising the potential for conflict between agricultural tenants and those exercising sporting rights over the same piece o
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    • 21/06/2016 - Industry Bodies Launch Guidance on Determining Compensation at Way-Go
        Industry bodies representing agricultural landlords and tenants from across Scotland have today launched new guidance aimed at giving secure 1991 Act tenants greater clarity as to the potential way-go value of their business.
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    • 05/05/2016 - Article on Land Tenure and Benefit of Larger Estates
      In Issue 53 of Reforesting Scotland, Scott McG. Wilson argues that large rural estates in Britain retain some clear advantages for sustainable land management and ecological restoration.  Click on the article to read more:
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    • 22/03/2016 - Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming urges landlords and tenants to provide feedback on recent rent review practices
        The Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming, Andrew Thin, has called on landlords and tenants to help provide feedback on recent rent review practices around the country.  
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    • 29/02/2016 - Joint industry guidance on the process of assignation and succession
        The Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming has released joint industry guidance on the process of assignation and succession.   The move follows the release of joint industry guidance on limited partnerships, negotiating and conducting rent reviews, ag
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    • 11/02/2016 - Code of Conduct for agents of landlords and tenants
      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 pro
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    • 10/02/2016 - Landowners highlight fears for future of tenant farming sector
      Scottish Land & Estates said today that proposals by the Scottish Government to enable tenant farmers to ‘sell’ their tenancies will cause unprecedented damage to the tenant farming sector and fail to strike the right balance of property rights for landowners and farmers.
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    • 05/02/2016 - Tenants’ ‘distorted’ lobbying on key Land Reform Bill measure undermines farming
      Scottish Land & Estates said today that ‘distorted’ lobbying from a small group of tenant farmers for a measure that would give tenants the right to assign their tenancies for cash undermines Scottish farming. A group of 14 tenant farmers have claimed
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    • 12/01/2016 - Scottish Agricultural Land Occupation Survey
      Members encouraged to complete the Scottish Agricultural Land Occupation Survey  The SAAVA/CAAV 2015 Scottish Agricultural Land Occupation Survey is now out for completion and we would encourage members to take part. This Survey is one of the key sources of data as to what is actuall
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    • 14/12/2015 - Industry bodies launch guidance on landlord's and tenant's obligations
        Industry bodies representing agricultural landlords and tenants from across Scotland have today launched new guidance aimed at encouraging timely fulfilment of obligations by both landlords and tenants.   
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    • 27/11/2015 - LANDOWNERS STATEMENT ON THE ANDREW STODDART CASE
      Scottish Land & Estates today welcomed the agreement between Mr Andrew Stoddart and the Colstoun Trust. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: " We are pleased that agreement has been reached between the Trust and Mr Stoddart and we are aware there was a willingness on the part of the
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    • 26/11/2015 - Statement on behalf of Mr Andrew Stoddart & The Trustees of The Colstoun Trust
      Statement on behalf of Mr Andrew Stoddart and The Trustees of The Colstoun Trust Mediation has taken place between Andrew Stoddart and the Trustees. Representatives of the Scottish Government were in attendance but have not accepted liability for claims already intimated to them by either Mr Sto
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    • 04/11/2015 - Landowners welcome continued commitment to vibrant tenanted sector
      Following today’s meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We welcome the C
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    • 04/11/2015 - A further statement has been issued by the Coulston Trust
      STATEMENT Issued by the Trustees of the Colstoun Trust The Trustees and Mr Stoddart are both victims of illegal legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2003. It is for Scottish Ministers to make good the losses which have been caused to both parties.
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    • 27/10/2015 - Industry bodies launch new guidance on tenant's improvements
        Leading organisations representing landlords and tenants from across the country have today (27 October) launched new guidance on agreeing and recording tenant financed investments on farms in Scotland.   
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    • 26/10/2015 - Statement on behalf of the Colstoun Trust
      The Colstoun Trust, which owns Colstoun Mains Farm in East Lothian, has provided the following statement to Scottish Land & Estates in light of recent inaccurate commentary and speculation on the tenancy arrangements between the Trust a
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    • 25/09/2015 - RACCE committee calls for urgent Government action for tenants and landlords
      The RACCE Committee has written to Richard Lochhead to urge him to tackle the lack of progress and impact on tenants and landlords affected by the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order 2014 which resulted from the Supreme Court ruling relating to the Salvesen v Riddell case.  Until the Commit
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    • 24/09/2015 - Limited Partnerships - Have you taken action?
      Scottish Land & Estates reminds members that it is important to have taken action to resolve situations affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling on the legality of elements of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003, following the case of Salvesen vs Riddell.  The Supreme Court ruled that the Agricultural
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    • 27/08/2015 - New rent review guidance issued
      Scottish Land & Estates has worked with the other industry bodies and the Independent Tenant Farming Adviser to issue guidance on the negotiation and conduct of rent reviews. This new guidance replaces that issued in July 2014, and extends the concept of a systematic procedure based on full transparency of data sources.
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    • 01/07/2015 - Tenant Farming Bulletin Issued
        The first progress bulletin has been issued by the new Scottish Government Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming, Andrew Thin.   The main focus during the first few week
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    • 04/06/2015 - New Tenant Farming Advisor
      Andrew Thin has been appointed as Scotland’s new independent advisor on tenant farming.
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    • 30/04/2015 - Latest Tenanted Land Stats
      This week saw the release of the latest statistics on Tenanted Agricultural Land in Scotland. The figures show that the total area of rented agricultural land has remained broadly constant in recent years, but with a move from longer-term to seasonal lets, and a slight fall in both in 2014. The average rent in 2
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    • 01/04/2015 - Landowners support tenant farming advisor role
      Following today’s announcement by the Scottish Government on the appointment of an independent advisor on tenant farming, David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are very pleased that the Scottish Government is to appoint an independent advisor on tenant farming prio
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    • 25/03/2015 - Landowners highlight tenant farming risks and opportunities to MSPs
      Scottish Land & Estates has presented evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Climate Change and Environment Committee on the final report of the Agricultural Holdings Review Group. In its evidence to the committee, Scottish Land & Estat
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    • 02/03/2015 - Landowners call for cross-industry goodwill on tenant farming issues
      Scottish Land & Estates urges organisations to work together in post-review period Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, today urged all farming industry bodies to work together constructively in the aftermath of the Scottish Govern
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    • 29/01/2015 - Agricultural Holdings Review Final Report
      This week saw the long-awaited publication of the final report of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group. Key recommendations include: The creation of a Tenant Farming Commissioner
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    • 27/01/2015 - Landowners' Statement On Tenant Farming Review
      Following the publication today of the final report of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement.  Scottish Land & Estates chair
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    • 09/01/2015 - SALVESEN COSTS RULING
      The Lord President Lord Gill has ruled in the Court of Session that the Lord Advocate should pay half the costs incurred by a landowner during part of the long-running Salvesen-Riddell legal proceedings. In his ruling the Lord President said the landowner Alast
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    • 24/10/2014 - New Tenancy Regime Consultation Reminder
      Members are reminded that the Scottish Government has published the consultation on a new tenancy for the private sector which runs until the 28th December.  We encourage members to respond on their own behalf as well as feeding opinions and evidence to the Scottish Land & Estates resp
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    • 17/09/2014 - NFUS, SL&E and STFA’s rent review initiative ready to deal with potential cases
      News Release an Behalf of NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates and Scottish Tenant Farmers Association     NFUS, SL&E and STFA’s rent review initiative ready to deal with potential cases   The three main membership organisat
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    • 17/07/2014 - Further tenant farming surveys
        The Scottish Government is embarking on another round of survey work exploring agricultural tenancies. This work is part of the current review of agricultural holdings legislation and follows on from recent surveys of tenants, landlords and owner-occup
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    • 17/07/2014 - The Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order 2014
        The Scottish Government has appointed Core Solutions headed by John Sturrock QC to lead the mediation process which is being made available to landlords and tenants affected by the Remedial Order.  
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    • 30/06/2014 - Landowners Welcome Latest Tenancy Data
      In response to the publication of the findings of the recent tenant and landlord surveys David Johnstone, Chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Scottish Land & Estates very much welcomes the publication of the findings of the recent surveys along with the wider tenure revi
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    • 26/06/2014 - Landowners Respond to STFA Rent Call
      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
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    • 17/06/2014 - Landowners Call For 'Constructive & Transparent Discussion' To Avoid Land Court Hearings
      Scottish Land & Estates said today that the judgement by the Scottish Land Court on a key rent dispute highlights the need for constructive and transparent discussion between landlord and tenant.   David Johnstone
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    • 13/06/2014 - Landowners Call For Rent Review Talks To Build Cross-Industry Consensus
      Scottish Land & Estates announced today it has proposed cross-industry talks on rent reviews in an effort to get agreement on one of the most important issues for the tenant farming sector.   The organisation said
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    • 20/05/2014 - Landowners' Chairman Appeals For Cross-Industry Talks On Tenanted Sector
      The newly elected chairman of Scottish Land & Estates today appealed to farmers’ representative bodies to join landowners in cross-industry talks to make ‘significant headway’ in the ongoing debate on agricultural holdings. David Johnstone was appointed c
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    • 29/04/2014 - Scottish Landowners' Statement on Farm Rents
      Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement today following the publication today of the latest figures on Tenanted Agricultural Land in Scotland by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. Andrew Howard, a Scottish Land & Estates representative on the Tenan
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    • 17/04/2014 - NFUS put forward farm tenancy ideas
      This week saw the NFUS publish its submission to the Agricultural Holdings Review Group.    The NFU Scotland believes a complementary package of measures with an independent Land Adjudicator at its core can resto
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    • 03/04/2014 - The Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order 2014
      The Scottish Government has intimated that the Remedial Order required to remedy the “bad” law in terms of the Supreme Court ruling in Salvesen v Riddell would be signed by the Cabinet Secretary on 2 April and would become law on 3 April 2014. The Scottish Government press release is available
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    • 02/04/2014 - Landowners Set Out Plans for Dynamic Tenanted Sector
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, today published proposals  for a ‘modern, dynamic and flexible’ tenanted sector that actively supports enterprising farm businesses and importantly encourages the next generation of aspiring farmers to flourish.
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    • 28/03/2014 - Agricultural Holdings Review Group - members encouraged to submit evidence
      The Agricultural Holdings Review Group is currently examining what policy changes and solutions are required to secure a dynamic tenant farming sector and the group is specifically looking for submissions from those with an interest in this sector.   The Review Group has set out
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    • 26/03/2014 - Landowners Call For Mass Involvement In 'Crucially Important' Agricultural Holdings Survey
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners throughout Scotland, said today it was 'crucially important' that all those involved in the letting of land take part in the latest research that is being conducted as part of the Agricultural Holdings Review.
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    • 24/03/2014 - Scottish Land & Estates representative on the Tenant Farming Forum
      By Andrew Howard (Managing Director, Moray Estates) The issue of rent reviews has always been a topic guaranteed to stoke much debate in farming circles. There is no doubt that the subject causes some fricti
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    • 21/03/2014 - Scottish Land & Estates reacts to STFA survey recognising workable landlord/tenant relationships
      The Herald this week published results of a survey carried out by the STFA amongst its members that demonstrated – despite the paper’s headline – that the majority of tenant farmers recognised that they had a workable relationship with their landlord or factor.
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    • 13/03/2014 - Register of Rents Letter by Andrew Howard
      Letter as published in Scottish Farmer on 14 March 2014 Sir, Last week’s article ‘Let’s register farm rents!’ failed to properly reflect Scottish Land & Estates’ position on a subject that is not a
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    • 06/03/2014 - Tenant Farmers Survey Deadline
      Members are reminded that the closing date for the Agricultural Holdings Review – Tenant Farmers Survey is 10th March 2014.  Scottish Land & Estates urges all members to complete the survey. It may not be apparent from the title o
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    • 27/02/2014 - Landowners Propose Tenant Improvement Amnesty
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, today announced that it is to propose an unprecedented ‘amnesty’ for farm tenancy improvements. The initiative will form part of a range of suggestions that Scottish Land & Estates will be making in its subm
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    • 19/02/2014 - Review group issues update
      The Agricultural Holdings Review Group has issued its first monthly update.    The update explains that the group’s January meeting was largely dedicated to defining in clear and concise terms what the group be
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    • 17/01/2014 - Cabinet Secretary on ARTB and Limited Partnerships
      This week Richard Lochhead appeared before the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee (RACCE) to discuss the proposed Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order 2014, which results from the UK Supreme Court’s ruling on the Salvesen v Riddell court case.
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    • 18/12/2013 - Landowners Call for a 'Level Playing Field' in Government's Salvesen Solution
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners and estates throughout Scotland, today called for a ‘level playing field’ in the Scottish Government’s plans to resolve the legal wrangle over the Salvesen v Riddell case. Scottish Land & Estates has gi
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    • 13/12/2013 - Scottish Land & Estates submits evidence ahead of RACCE Committee session
      Scottish Land & Estates has this week submitted evidence to the Rural Affairs Committee on the proposed draft Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order 2014 ahead of an oral evidence session on 19 December 2013.
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    • 08/11/2013 - Agricultural Holdings Review Details Released
      Scottish Government has today set out the group membership, remit and timescaleof its Agricultural Holdings legislation review. Six members have been appointed to the expert group that will advise the Scottish Government’s Review of Agricultural Holdings Legi
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    • 08/11/2013 - Landowners Pledge To Play Constructive Role In Agriculture Review
      Following the announcement of details of the Scottish Government’s Review of Agricultural Holdings Legislation, Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, issued the following statement. Luke Borwick, chairman, said: “Scottish Lan
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    • 10/10/2013 - Radical Voices Still Damaging Agricultural Holdings' Say Landowners
      RESPONDING to public comments by STFA Chairman Christopher Nicholson which suggest political intervention is necessary to ensure tenanted land remains within the rented sector, Scottish Land & Estates’ Chief Executive Douglas McAdam hit back: “The STFA Chai
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    • 26/09/2013 - Salvesen v Riddell legislative "fix"
      We have been asked by the Scottish Government to circulate this letter to members who may consider that they may be affected by the Supreme Court ruling on Limited Partnership leases. Legislation is likely to be introduced in November with the changes being in
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    • 18/09/2013 - LANDOWNERS COMMITTED TO VIBRANT TENANTED SECTOR DESPITE RIGHT TO BUY THREAT.
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, said today it supports Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead’s  call to ensure a vibrant tenant farming sector  but maintains that the introdu
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    • 30/08/2013 - Encouraging Rise In Use Of Tenancy Vehicles Being Put At Risk
      SCOTTISH Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, welcomed the publication of new statistics which show a significant rise in the use of agricultural tenancy vehicles. Commenting on the latest economic bulletin published by Bank of Scotland,
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    • 28/08/2013 - Landowners: 'Land Prices Will Not Trigger Rent Rises'
      SCOTTISH Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, said today recent increases in land values are not the reason for rises in agricultural rents. Following publication of a report last week by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors whic
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    • 02/08/2013 - TFF produce more guidance
      Following on from the recent publication of a short-from arbitration process to deal with disputes over farm rents, the Tenant Farming Forum (TFF) have now published two sets of guidance, one on diversification and another on the resolution of disputes. These d
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    • 30/07/2013 - Scottish Land & Estates Response to letter by Chris Nicholson, STFA
      This letter was sent to the Scottish Farmer and was published on Friday 26 July 2013.  To view the letter please click on the attachment below.
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    • 25/07/2013 - Potential for Resolution Process to Strip Time and Cost Out of Tenant and Landowner Disputes
      Tenant farmers and landowners in Scotland now have access to a short form arbitration process to deal with disputes over rents. The process has been developed by the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association (SAAVA) at the request of the Tenant Farme
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    • 11/07/2013 - Landowners Respond to NFUS Dialogue With Cabinet Secretary
      Following issue of a letter to Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead earlier today (Wednesday) by NFUS referring to absolute right to buy (ARTB) Chairman of Scottish Land & Estates Luke Borwick commented: “It was particularly disappointing to see NFUS in their b
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    • 05/07/2013 - Scottish Land & Estates Comment in Response to STFA Press Statement
        The following comment was released in response to STFA press statement.  Chairman Luke Borwick said: "The STFA is provoking the demise of the tenanted
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    • 10/05/2013 - Scottish Land & Estates respond to latest statement from STFA
        This week saw the STFA release a statement on rent reviews claiming that some land agents and landowners are starting rent reviews too late and seeking ‘outrageous’ rent increases. Scottish Land & Estates is disappointed at this turn of events. Scottish Land & Estates has repea
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    • 01/05/2013 - TFF Publishes Rent Review Good Practice Guide
        The Tenant Farming Forum has today published Farm Rent Reviews - Introduction and Guide to Good Practice. This brief guide is intended to be issued as an accompanying document to be included with formal rent review notices.  
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    • 24/04/2013 - Landowners Call For Considered Responses To Supreme Court Judgement On Salvesen Case
      Following today’s (Wednesday 24 April) Supreme Court judgement announcement on the Salvesen case, a Scottish Land & Estates spokesman said: "This judgement will have to be studied in detail as the case raises important
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    • 03/04/2013 - Landlords Take Pragmatic Approach To Rent Reviews
        Scottish Land & Estates said today landlords across Scotland were taking a pragmatic approach to rent reviews due next month in view of the extreme weather conditions suffered by farmers and land managers in much of the country.
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    • 14/02/2013 - Funding Support For New Entrants
      The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP has announced a £2 million support package to help new entrants who have been excluded from support under the current Single Farm Payment Scheme (SFPS). The decision was taken in recognition of the expected delay to 2015 of implementation of
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    • 25/01/2013 - Land Court produces Guidance Note on Rent Reviews
      Following the publication of the Rent Review Working Group report prior to Christmas, the Scottish Land Court has published a Guidance Note on Rent Reviews. The note can be found here: http://www.scotti
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    • 13/12/2012 - Rent Review Working Group Publishes Report
      The Rent Review Working Group has published its report on rent reviews under the terms of Section 13 of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 1991. The group recommended: No adjustment of Section 13 of the 1991 Act, as amended but attempt to improve operation of the existing rent review formula in li
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    • 10/12/2012 - Landlords welcome rent review group report
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents 2,500 landowners throughout Scotland, today welcomed the findings of the Tenant Farming Forum Rent Review Working Group. Douglas McAdam, chief executive, said the findings of the report demonstrated common sense and lan
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    • 05/10/2012 - Response to consultation on Income Tax Relief Cap
      At Budget 2012 the Government announced a limit on currently uncapped income tax reliefs which will have effect from April 2013. Scottish Land & Estates has today submitted a response to HM Treasury’s consultation on these proposals. In our response we stated that we believe  that the current proposals will not achieve the
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    • 02/08/2012 - Tenant Farming Forum Rent Review Group Calls for Views
       Members may be aware that a Rent Review Working Group (RRWG) has been established by The Tenant Farming Forum (TFF) to examine the procedures for rent reviews in  agricultural leases. This follows the appeal court judgement in the Moonzie Farm case. Following the RRWG's first meeting held on 24 July, the
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    • 27/06/2012 - Tenant Farming Forum
      The TFF met on 25 June. The s 13 (rent review) working group has been established to consider whether s 13 is fit for purpose and, if not, what recommendations should be made for amendment. This working group will shortly commence its evidence gathering process. Scottish Land & Estates will be submit
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    • 08/06/2012 - Landowners Salute TFF And Welcome New Rent Review
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents 2,500 landowners across Scotland, today paid tribute to the work of the Tenant Farming Forum following the passage of the Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland)Bill at Holyrood. Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive, said the work of the forum has been instrumental in the succ
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    • 08/06/2012 - Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3
      The Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 7th June 2012 with no further amendments, although there was much discussion about what still requires to be done. Once Royal Assent has been given, the legislation will be amended as follows:   1.To extend the class of near relatives entitled to succ
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    • 07/06/2012 - Tenant Farming Forum - Rent Review Working Group
      A specialist sub group to review the working of rent review provisions of the Agricultural Holdings legislation has been set up under the auspices of TFF.  To view the TFF press release please click on the attachment below.
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    • 29/05/2012 - Clear, Hard Facts 'A Must' In Tenancy Debate
      Clear, Hard Facts 'A Must' In Tenancy Debate   Scottish Land & Estates, which represents 2,500 landowners throughout Scotland, said today it is important that politicians and decision-makers are presented with 'clear, hard facts' in the debate over farm tenancies. Scottish Land & Estates facilitated the visit of thre
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    • 24/05/2012 - Commission officials to visit Scotland on new entrants
      Alyn Smith MEP, SNP MEP and member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, has welcomed confirmation from European Commission officials that they will come to Scotland to discuss the ongoing issue of new entrants and Single Farm Payment eligibility, and speak to Scottish new entrants firsthand about the d
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    • 05/04/2012 - Scottish Estate Welcomes New Tenant
      The new tenant of a 515 acre stockholding in Perthshire has praised the landlord-tenant relationship. Farmer Michael Blanche is new to the Dupplin Estate on a 10 year Limited Duration Tenancy (LDT) for the holding, which comprises Culteuchar Hill Farm and Netherholm.  He said: “As a new entrant the
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    • 04/04/2012 - TFF Agreement On Programme of Action Welcomed
      FOLLOWING today’s summit meeting of the Tenant Farming Forum (TFF), Scottish Land & Estates TFF representative Robert Balfour commented: “Scottish land & Estates is fully supportive of the agreement within the TFF to follow a defined programme to tackle perceived areas of tension within the industry.  “
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    • 04/04/2012 - Rural Affairs Secretary discusses ways to invigorate Scotland’s tenant farming sector
      Great progress has already been made to tackle tenant farming issues in Scotland – but more needs to be done. That was the message from Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead as he addressed a summit meeting with the Tenant Farmin
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    • 29/03/2012 - Agricultural Holdings Bill Stage 1 Debate
      The Scottish Parliament held its Stage 1 Debate this week.  This bill includes provisions to extend the definition of "near relative" to include grandchildren, prohibit upward only rent reviews and clarify the issue relating to VAT rate changes and rent reviews, thus completing the full package of TFF agreed proposals.  Sco
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    • 26/03/2012 - Committee supports the end of ultra-long leases in Scotland
      Ultra-long leases should no longer exist in Scotland according to a report published today by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Envir
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    • 23/03/2012 - Agricultural Holdings Briefing ahead of the Stage 1 debate
      Scottish Land & Estates has released a briefing on its position prior to the Agricultural Holdings Stage 1 debate in Parliament next week. Scottish Land & Estates supports the Bill as drafted, as it would see the outstanding measures in the package agreed by the TFF enacted. But Scottish Land & Estates opposes any att
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    • 16/03/2012 - Ruling Issued on Salvesen Case
      After a year long deliberation, the Court of Session yesterday released a ruling upholding an appeal by the landlord in the Salvesen v Riddell case. In a complex decision, Lord Gill, presiding over the court, has judged the measures put in place to protect tenants in Limited Partnership arrangements were not compatib
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    • 29/02/2012 - TFF Comments on Committee Recommendations
      Scotland’s Tenant Farming Forum (TFF), which aims to promote a healthy tenanted farm sector in Scotland, has discussed a Scottish Parliamentary Committee’s report on agricultural holdings legislation and the recent Cour
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    • 24/02/2012 - Agricultural Holdings Bill Stage 1 report published
      Urgent attention is required to address challenges facing the tenant farming communi
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    • 24/02/2012 - Scottish Land & Estates Continues Support for Agricultural Holdings Bill
      Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the speed with which the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs committee has produced its stage 1 report on the Agricultural Holdings Bill.  The landowner organisation, which represents over 2,500 members, hopes that the Bill in its present form will complete its parliamentary procedure s
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    • 14/02/2012 - Landowners Respond to Cabinet Secretary Comments on Farm Tenancies
      Following comments today by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs at the NFUS AGM, Scottish Land & Estates Chairman Luke Borwick commented: “Our members, Scotland’s landowners, are running rural businesses which contribute significantly to the local rural economy and to Scotland as a whole, as indeed we hea
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    • 09/02/2012 - Moonzie Ruling a 'Sensible' Decision for Scottish Agriculture
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents more than 2,500 landowners, has welcomed today’s decision on the Moonzie case, describing the ruling as a ‘sensible way forward for the industry to deal with rent reviews’. Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The original Scottish Land Co
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    • 11/01/2012 - Landowners' Statement On Tenancy Statistics
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents 2,500 landowners across Scotland, today issued the following statement in the wake of publicity generated by the publication of statistics by the Scottish Government relating to the tenant farming sector in Scotland. Chief Executive Douglas McAdam said: “The number o
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    • 06/01/2012 - AGRICULTURAL CENSUS - TENANCY STATISTICS (2005 - 2011)
      A paper has been published which presents statistics of the number of agricultural holdings with different types of tenancy agreements, generated from the June Agricultural Census for the period 2005 to 2011. It updates the last set of statistics covering the period 2005 to 2008, which were publis
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    • 05/12/2011 - Scottish Land & Estates Encouraged by NFUS Stance on ARTB
      Following a statement* by NFU Scotland on future policy measures to support the tenanted farming sector in Scotland including a clear message that the forthcoming Agricultural Holdings Bill should not be used as a vehicle to deliver absolute right to buy, Scottish Land & Estates Chief Executive Douglas McAdam, said:
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    • 28/11/2011 - Groundbreaking collaboration to focus on attracting new entrants to rural businesses
      Scottish Land & Estates, NFU Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and The Crown Estate have announced today they are developing a new joint initiative to help attract and accelerate the number of new people into agricultural and rural land based businesses across the country. The four organisations have held discuss
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    • 14/11/2011 - Agricultural Holdings Call for Views
      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 ne
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    • 09/11/2011 - Scottish Land & Estates Responds To STFA Comments On Rent Reviews
      Scottish Land & Estates today responded to recent comments from the Scottish Tenant Farmers’ Association regarding rent reviews. Luke Borwick, Chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: "Yet again, STFA resorts to the unwarranted vilification of landlords and land agents and paints a picture that does not reflect re
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    • 02/11/2011 - Landowners Respond to Agricultural Holdings Bill Introduction
      Following the introduction of the Agricultural Holdings Bill yesterday (Tuesday 1 November) Scottish Land & Estates Chairman Luke Borwick, said: “Scottish Land & Estates has underlined its support for the introduction of the remaining items of the agreed package of measures put to the Scottish Government by the Tena
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    • 01/11/2011 - Ag Holdings Bill Introduced to Parliament
      The Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland Bill) was introduced to the Scottish Parliament yesterday (31 October 2011). The policy objective of this Bill is to amend legislative provisions relating to succession and rent review in order to create a better environment for the letting of farmland to the tenant
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    • 21/10/2011 - Landowners Underline Commitment to Tenant Farming
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents 2,500 landowners across Scotland, said today (Friday October 21) there is ‘clear evidence’ of the commitment of landowners to the tenant farming sector. Luke Borwick, chairman of Scotti
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    • 05/10/2011 - Agriculture 03: Agricultural Wages - Minimum Rates of Pay
      This Information Sheet summarises information relating to the employment of agricultural workers. Minimum rates of pay and other conditions of service for agricultural workers are governed by the Agricultural Workers (Scotland) Order (No. 59) 2011 and applies from 1 October 2011.
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    • 30/09/2011 - The minority seeking Right to Buy must not be allowed to derail the process
      Members of Scottish Land & Estates will have been appalled and alarmed by the recent so-called debate on the absolute right to buy for tenant farmers. This debate has been conducted largely through the pages of the Scottish Farmer with interventions from other agricultural journalists. What has been particularly depre
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    • 27/09/2011 - Positive census results for farmers
      The latest statistics on Scottish agriculture give grounds for cautious optimism, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said yesterday. Mr Lochhead was commenting on the June 2011 Agricultural Census which was published today by Scotland's Chief Statistician. Among the key points in today's statistics were:
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    • 23/09/2011 - Right to Buy Discussions wtih Rob Gibson MSP
      Earlier this week, Scottish Land & Estates’ Board Member and TFF rep Andrew Howard and senior staff met with Rob Gibson, Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s  Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee to exchange views on Right to Buy and the impact on the let land sector of the reopening of the debate. Du
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    • 23/09/2011 - Absolute Right to Buy Discussions
      Our Chairman Luke Borwick, Board Director Andrew Howard, a Tenant Farming Forum (TFF) representative and CEO, met with the National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) and the Scottish Tenant Farming Association (STFA) this week to counter the ongoing call by the STFA to bring in absolute right to buy provisions.
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    • 02/09/2011 - LANDOWNERS WELCOME NFUS COMMITMENT
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents 2,500 landowners in Scotland, today praised NFU Scotland for underlining its commitment to a vibrant tenant farming sector. Responding to comments from NFUS President Nigel Miller at today’s Rural Law Conference in Aberdeen, Luke Borwick, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates,
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    • 10/06/2011 - Changes to Ag Holdings Legislation
      Tenant Farming Forum - New Information Note on changes to Agricultural Holdings legislation The TFF has published on its website a new Information Note on the provisions of the Public Services Reform (Agricultural Holdings) (Scotland) (Order) 2011.  To view
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