The NFU Scotland Tenants Working Group met recently at Ingliston to discuss
how the issues around the tenants sector can be addressed and what the group’s
priorities for the coming months should be.
NFUS also continues to participate in the Tenants Farming Forum, representing
both landlord and tenants’ interests.
Speaking after the Tenants Working Group meeting was Willie Hamilton, newly
elected Chairman, from Tullochgribban Mains, Grantown on Spey. He said:
“I am very pleased to have taken on the role of Chairman and look
forward to representing the tenants sector. There are a number of issues
which will challenge me but I look forward to grasping them.
“The Agricultural Holdings Act is now part of the political landscape,
but still too few tenants are aware of their rights and options under the
new law. We would encourage all tenants to register an interest in buying
the land they farm, should the landowner choose to sell or transfer the land.
If they don’t then, in theory, their farm could be sold from under
them, without them having a legal right to make the first offer. The Act
was designed to ensure that this did not happen and so we need to ensure
that all tenants exercise their rights.
“We also need to continue to work with other organisations within
the Tenants Farming Forum to establish guidance, agreed by both landlords
and tenants, on various issues. One current concern is that tenants are still
seeking clarification over the private landlords registration scheme due
to conflicting information coming from different Councils. This clarification
is required as soon as possible and I will be working to achieve this.
“It is crucial that we continue to ensure that tenants’ voices
are heard by the Executive and other stakeholders so that they are adequately
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