Scottish Land Commission News

27 Feb 2020

All parties need to act quickly for Amnesty on Tenant’s Improvements

All parties need to act quickly for Amnesty on Tenant’s Improvements: Black Isle Farm View 005

Tenant farmers, landlords and land agents must act now to make the most of the waygo amnesty.

Time is running out for those who wish to make use of the amnesty on tenants’ improvements which closes in June 2020. This is a one-off opportunity to claim eligible improvements where the tenant may not have followed the correct procedure, such as notifying the landlord.

Speaking about the tenant’s amnesty, Tenant Farming Commissioner Bob McIntosh said,

“The onus to complete the amnesty process is on both the tenant farmer and the landlord, and I would encourage all parties to ensure the process is completed before the deadline.

“It can take time to pull together all the evidence a tenant farmer may need to submit through an amnesty notice and to agree the list with the landowner.

“I have a Code of Practice which outlines the behaviour expected by all parties. It emphasises the importance of having a site meeting to help move the process along.

“Once tenant and landlord have assembled and shared information for the origin and eligibility of claimed improvements, a site meeting is the best way to see and discuss any disputed items and to reach agreement without the need for endless back and forward correspondence.

“Everyone needs to work together to make the most of the valuable opportunity this amnesty provides.”

The Code of Practice, guidance and templates produced by the Tenant Farming Commissioner, together with Scottish Tenant Farmers Association, NFU Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, CAAV and SAAVA explains how the amnesty works and how landlords and tenants can work together to agree a list of tenants improvements which may be eligible for compensation at waygo. More information can be found at landcommission.gov.scot/tenant-farming.         

Contact Information

Jess Barbier-Marsden
Scottish Land Commission
jess.barbier-marsden@landcommission.gov.scot

Notes to editors

1. www.landcommission.gov.scot The Scottish Land Commission was established under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 and came into being on 1 April 2017. The Commission is made up of five Land Commissioners and a Tenant Farming Commissioner. It is based in Inverness with a team of staff led by Chief Executive, Hamish Trench.
2. For information on the Amnesty Code of Practice, click here. Email tfc@landcommission.gov.scot, phone 01463 423 300.
3. A leaflet that explains the process with useful case studies can be found on the Tenant Farming Commissioner website at landcommission.gov.scot/tenant-farming along with the Code of Practice, guidance and templates.