The Scottish Government has been highlighting the Tenant’s Amnesty – something we mentioned in a previous newsletter so we wanted to give you an update.
D&R Director Ian Austin is the President of SAAVA (The Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association) this year and has proactively created a template to help tenants fill-in the important information and make the Tenant’s Amnesty procedure as easy as possible. This template has now been adopted by SAAVA, CAAV and the Scottish Land Commission.
What is the Tenant’s Amnesty? Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, the Tenant’s Amnesty allows Scottish tenant farmers to formally register any improvements made to their holding, that were not correctly documented at the time. The amnesty is a golden opportunity but there is a time limit.
What to do? We recommend compiling a list of all tenant’s improvements. Your local D&R office can help you with the paperwork and plans. Although June 2020 may seem like a long way off, it’s not. Don’t leave it until the last minute to get in touch.
Contact your local D&R Office.